Through the food chain strategic agenda, we want to reduce the material footprint of the agri-food chain and the associated environmental pressure while at least preserving the economic importance of the system in Flanders. We want to achieve this by working on three pillars: optimal use of bio-resources, food products and residual flows.
Pillar 1: Optimal use of bio-resources
We increase the circularity of existing primary production systems.
We develop and scale up new circular production systems and cultures that (almost) do not use conventional agricultural land.
We increase circularity in existing food product processing and distribution systems.
Pillar 2: Optimal use of food
We aim to achieve broad acceptance of a low-resource impact diet, in line with the environmentally friendly food triangle.
In doing so, we focus on actions that target or are implemented by both the hospitality, catering, retail and consumer sectors.
Pillar 3: Optimal use of residual flows
We have a view of available flows.
We close cycles at a geographical scale that is as small as possible and as large as necessary.
We reduce the number of flows remaining on land.
We optimise existing harvesting and processing technology and machinery, or develop new ones.
We valorise flows that cannot be used in food as much as possible and in an efficient way for livestock farming.
We have adapted logistics systems to enable higher-value applications.
We have solutions to put more difficult, wet and/or small flows (such as certain fruits and vegetables) back into high-value applications.
We recover and recycle all nutrients in the food chain.