Circulate on Fridays: Food Waste and Farming in a Circular Economy and more…
Every Friday, Circulate rounds up a collection of interesting circular economy related stories and articles from the week. This Friday, we’ve got a focus on food issues – both farming and food waste – and they relate to the circular economy concept, the impact of Watson on IBM and more…
“Should it be illegal for supermarkets to waste food?” Edward Delman asks the question for The Atlantic in the aftermath of France passing a law to do exactly that. Arash Derambarsh, the man who led that campaign, is now planning a campaign that translates the successful legislation into something that works at an international scale. Delman locates the question in an American context and reveals some of the issue’s complexities along the way. Whatever the outcome of this latest campaign, it is evident that the global system is not functioning effectively with a third of food wasted globally.
Staying on the topic of food, Adrian Shirk has been writing about the future of farming, specifically speculating about where farming will be done in the future. The world population is expected to reach 8.6 billion by 2050 and it has been estimated that an additional growing space the size of Brazil will be needed to provide food to meet that increase. Shirk discusses the business advantages of vertical hydroponics and aquaponics urban farms including, less space being needed, getting closer to the consumer and utilising new methods that reduce energy intensity.
The question of food is a vital one for the circular economy and was recently tackled by Ellen MacArthur in an interview at the World Eat Forum Stockholm.
While the recent renewable energy headlines have been dominated by Costa Rica and North American cities like Texas and Vancouver, the statistics show that China is the leader in terms of renewable energy development. The reason according to John Matthews, writing for REneweconomy, is that China is responding to an economic imperative driven by a manufacturing industry that needs energy security and an increase in energy capacity.
There’s been plenty of coverage of IBM’s ground-breaking ‘Watson’ technology. This week, Brad Power has written about the way in which the technology is fundamentally shifting the emphasis of IBM’s business and the computer technology marketplace more broadly. Read the full article in the Harvard Business Review.