The global food challenge

More mouths to feed

Growing populations, increased welfare and changing diets will lead to an estimated 70% increase in food demand by 2050. At the same time, food production plays a huge part in global warming, consumption of water and the loss of biodiversity. In fact, agriculture causes more greenhouse gases than all of our cars, trucks, trains and planes combined.

In addition, due to globalization, people today expect their local stores to provide exotic food all year around. This makes it travel around the globe, run by fossil fuels and contributing another 10% of food production’s total carbon footprint. Therefore, looking at how and where we produce food is vital in securing our future.

increase in food demand by 2050

Redesigning the food landscape

The solutions are embedded in every part of the food chain, from primary production to our grocery shopping. It starts with conscious consumers and makes its way up the chain. Examples are the trends towards locally produced and plant-based food which make better use of the circular aspects of food production. Here the central corner stones in any cultivation, such as water, nutrition and minerals are reused by closing the loop on food waste. It will make way for a circular food system, much like what we used to have in the past when local agriculture returned nutrients to the soil and captured carbon instead of releasing it.

Bonbio – A full-service provider within circular farming

Bonbio has developed a concept for circular farming where food waste and other organic waste are refined into organic plant fertilizer, called Bonbio Nutrients. The nutrients are currently produced in one of Sweden’s largest biogas facilities outside Helsingborg, run by another Peas company, Biond.

These nutrients are used to cultivate various types of crops in high-tech containers that can be located anywhere. These are Bonbio Greens. This type of cultivation is very space efficient, producing the same harvest on almost one fourth of the land area. In addition, water consumption is down 90% compared to conventional farming.