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Mari Pantsar: We love food but that is not enough

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Slush evening: The future of circular food in Helsinki on 30 November 2017

Director Mari Pantsar, Sitra: We love food but that is not enough

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Mari Pantsar: We love food but that is not enough

  1. 1. “We love food but that is not enough” Opening words Director Mari Pantsar, Sitra
  2. 2. Why do we throw away about 80 % of consumer products and their materials? Offices’ occupancy rate is about 40 % On average, materials in Europe are used only once. The average occupancy rate of cars is about 8 % 10-15 % of building materials goes to waste during construction. 31 % of produced food goes to waste in value chain. In Finland it makes 300-400 million kilos per year. The global demand for raw materials will increase during the next 20 years Energy + 32 % Steel + 57 % Water + 137 % Farmland, over + 200 % WHY CIRCULAR ECONOMY? The World is full of waste, yet the demand for raw materials is increasing globally Sources: EEA, GSA, UN FAO, EU, McKinsey, Luke
  3. 3. “Greenhouse gases and the current resource scarcity are a symptom of not having implemented a circular economy” If food waste would be cut down to half and 30 % of nutrients would be sourced from organic waste or waste water, the emissions of the whole sector could be cut by 13 %” “Food is a significant part of the solution. Also, it is something we love to talk about and we can all relate to.”
  4. 4. We consume nutrient-rich food only as much as we need. Food will not be left over as waste and biowaste will be recycled
  5. 5. sitra.fi | seuraavaerä.fi @sitrafund

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