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Food Circle


A dynamic, community-based and regionally-integrated food-systems concept. In contrast to current linear production-consumption systems, the food circle is a production-consumption-recycle model. A celebration of cycles, this model mirrors all natural systems and is based on the fact that all stable biological systems function as closed cycles or circles, carefully preserving energy, nutrients, resources and the integrity of the whole.

Example of Food Circle:

A fully sustainable community should strive to have a food circle, where the production, consumption, and recycle of foods are contained in one closed cycle.
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