As the global population stands at nearly 8 billion and rapidly increases, it is an existential challenge to create a sustainable food system within the planetary boundaries. Newly founded Food Planet Prize rewards initiatives that promote a viable living environment and at the same time feed the world. When the prize is awarded for the first time, Ragn-Sells and their innovation company EasyMining are among the Editors' Pick as nominees.
The food sector has significant responsibility for driving the environment beyond planetary boundaries, the safe operating space we should stay within to avert large-scale and abrupt environmental degradation. The earth is theoretically capable of feeding 10 billion people, but not the way we do it today. If our ecosystems collapse, we face a future without food. We must find solutions that can help to change our food system so that a sustainable food supply within the planetary boundaries can be established. The Food Planet Prize will highlight and support new ideas and ground-breaking efforts and solutions along the entire food chain in a circular perspective, as well as initiatives completely outside or across existing value chains.
- It is an honour to be one of the nominees nominated when this global prize will be awarded for the first time. It becomes obvious with the latest events in the world that we really need sustainable food production, and our solutions to recover and recycle vital nutrients will contribute to that, says Pär Larshans, sustainability manager at Ragn-Sells.
Nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium are three essential nutrients for agricultural crop production. Ragn-Sells and EasyMining has developed several novel processes to recover and recycle vital nutrients and use them in agricultural fertilizers, to secure agricultural productivity and reduce water pollution.
The Curt Bergfors Foundation was established on August 30th, 2019, and the founding capital of 500 Million SEK is sourced from Mr. Bergfors’ private assets. Curt Bergfors is a Swedish entrepreneur and philanthropist and the founder, owner and working chairman of MAX Burgers AB. This is the first time they hand out the awards.The Curt Bergfors Food Planet Prize aims to identify, showcase, and reward important initiatives to re- invent our food chain and help establish a sustainable food system within planetary boundaries and have significant potential to scale and influence globally.
- All of you who are working on strong innovations, take the chance and nominate yourself! This is such an extremely important issue and it is essential that we share knowledge and good examples, says Pär Larshans.
All submissions are due by April 30, 2020.
Facts about the award:
The Curt Bergfors Food Planet Prize aims to identify, showcase, and reward important initiatives to re-invent our food chain and help establish a sustainable food system within planetary boundaries.
The Food Planet Prize includes two awards:
• Scalable solutions with global potential.This award rewards initiatives that have already contributed to a sustainable food system or have documented efficacy to do so – and have significant potential to scale and influence globally.
• Innovative solutions that can transform the food system. This award rewards brand new ideas that can hold keys to fundamentally change our food system, also with global potential.
Each award includes a prize of USD 1 million.
Read more here: https://foodplanetprize.org/startsida/
The Ragn-Sells Group is a privately held corporate group, operating companies in four countries.