This policy brief, produced by the PBL – the Netherlands environmental assessment agency, investigates the integrated approach that would be needed to making the food chain more circular. In a circular food chain, raw materials are used in a way that adds the most value to the economy and causes the least harm to the environment.
With a growing population and increasing affluence the need for a more circular food chain increases. This policy brief distinguishes three challenges: sustainably managing resources, limiting food waste and optimising residual streams. The food system makes heavy demands on agriculture, the environment, trade, green growth, industry and innovation. This report proposes an integrated approach to making the food chain more circular and it provides new input for the implementation of the Dutch Government-wide programme for a circular economy.