Food Systems

For humans to thrive, our Food Systems must thrive.

ESRAG Food Waste


Food Systems at ESRAG

Food is our direct connection to the earth, whether it comes from the land or the oceans and rivers. Currently, 1 of every 8 human beings are starving and 25-30% are food-insecure, but a staggering one quarter to one third of global food production goes to waste, needlessly increasing food insecurity and causing 8-10% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. If food waste were a country, it would be the third worst emitter of greenhouse gas emissions of all the nations in the world. Sustainable farming and reducing food waste will have enormous impact both in slowing global warming and increasing world food security. ESRAG is ready to equip your Club with practical strategies to build sustainable food systems. By doing so, you’ll contribute to three UN Sustainable Development Goals: # 2, Zero Hunger; # 12, Responsible Consumption and Production, and #13, Climate Action. The UN has set a goal of reducing global food waste 50% by 2030.


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Living Within Our Planetary Means

Living Within Our Planetary Means

Our planet’s capacity to sustain human life is in dire danger, but every Rotarian can help save us. Read how Rotarians draw on their knowledge, compassion, and networks to help humankind return to living within our planetary means.

Huge Boost for French Bees

Huge Boost for French Bees

DG teamwork led over 1000 clubs across francophone Europe to sell rosebushes and use the proceeds provide thousands of hives and tons of seed to beekeepers, towns, and schools, at zero net cost to Rotary, generating hundreds of news stories and huge goodwill

Take Action for Food Systems

Rotarians are catalyzing solutions at every stage of the food system where waste and emissions are generated: production, distribution, and disposal. Clubs are teaching regenerative agriculture to increase carbon sequestration in soil, cut farmers’ costs for fertilizer, and reduce agricultural runoff that causes algal blooms in our drinking water supplies. Healthy soil sequesters three times as much carbon as plants.

Food Waste

Become a food steward. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save resources, save food.

Lunch out of Landfills

Successfully diverting 40 to 60% of landfill designated waste by providing containers for liquids, organics, recycling and trash.

Plant Rich Diet

The Plant-Rich Diet Task Force exists to educate Rotarians and the general public
on the benefits of Plant-Rich Diets to…



“It’s clear that agriculture, done right, is the best means
the world has today to simultaneously tackle food security,
poverty and environmental degradation.”
— Irene Rosenfeld


In areas of devastating deforestation and soil erosion like East Africa, Rotarians are incentivizing farmers to plant food-producing trees. These projects rebuild soil and water tables, and generate ongoing revenue for participating families. ESRAG’s Plant-Rich Diet Task Force gives Clubs the resources to promote diet choices that reduce the amount of water needed for farming, prevents deforestation, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions including methane. Clubs are also organizing the recovery and safe redistribution of usable food in partnership with producers, restaurants, and food banks. Rotarians are learning to promote community composting to sequester carbon and improve soils. Lunch out of Landfills is an example of a fast-spreading Rotary program which inspires and equips students to take hugely effective action on both climate and food security.

Are you passionate about agriculture and food? Do you want to play a role in helping ?

Would you like to play a role in helping support and develop projects that create more sustainable Food Systems that create stronger foundations for local communities and wider society?

Then join with us to build out ‘Food Security’ as one of ESRAG’s key objectives.



Featured Events

ESRAG Project Seminar: Adopt a River/UNEP
Speaker: Salvador Rico
Topic: A discussion about the Adopt a River and UNEP Rotary Program
March 29th 2023 at 2:00 pm (GMT +00.00) Greenwich Mean Time (Dublin)
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Pack with Care!
Speaker: Fiona Thompson
Topic: trends in sustainable packaging, plus new regulations for UK and Europe
March 29th 2023 at 7:30 pm (GMT +00.00) Greenwich Mean Time (Dublin)
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ESRAG Project Seminar: Sustainable RICON 2023
Speaker: Pat Armstrong/Deniz Vural
Topic: See how our RICON 2023 is practicing sustainability!
April 5th 2023 at 2:00 pm (GMT +00.00) Greenwich Mean Time (Dublin)
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Featured Projects

Projects surrounding food systems.