The food system needs to change!
A majority of the challenges our life on this planet faces has its roots in our relationship to food and the food systems. In fact, food is a common thread linking all 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. Within the food system lies both the problem and the solution to many of our most pressing environmental issues:
- Loss of top soil
- Loss of biodiversity
- Over fishing
- Loss of wetlands
… the list goes on, read more about it here and here.
At the same time we are facing a steady increase of the world population, a rapid change of consumer habits, increasing rates of obesity and malnutrition, not to mention the looming threat (or promise) of exponential technology – AI and robots making us all unemployed or possibly/probably just ridding the planet of humans all together.
Either way we see it, we are standing at a cross road in a world that desperately needs to shift away from the current destructive/extractive path on to a new development curve. This shift needs to be a full system shift, not an extension of the current curve which only delays the process but leads to the same end result (extinction ).
The food system needs a full system shift, a food shift!
What is the purpose of the Food Shift network?
Food Shift is an open collective nourishing and connecting people, projects and organisations in emerging regenerative food systems.
We believe that cutting down on carbon emissions doesn’t cut it. Doing less bad is not enough, we have to start making good! That is at the core of the notion of a regenerative food system. Regenerate, recreate, rebuild what has been lost. Create more than we consume. Restore the damage that has been done to earth. Rebuild and regenerate our connection to place, to soil and to each other. Move away from economies of extraction to co-created economies of shared value. Built on trust, community and sense of belonging.
Food Shift wants to accelerate this transition and play a vital role in enabling new ecosystems.
A regenerative food system isn’t something we build, it isn’t something we design. The food system is highly complex. Searching for simple solutions to complex problems will inevitable fail. Food Shift takes on a whole systems perspective to instead support the emergence of a regenerative food system.
For this to happen, we need to figure out how to have meaningful collaborative dynamics with other people. In other words, we need to figure out how to cooperate towards a new common purpose, a new unifying story.
We need to learn and explore together.
We need to strengthen our collective sensemaking to understand the complex challenges we are facing.
We need to work across boundaries, we need to focus on changing the system as a whole instead of dealing with its parts.
We need to support each other on a person to person basis and on a project/team basis.
We need to redefine the rules of the game.
We need inspire others to get involved, to take action!