The circular economy and the water-food nexus

  • Robert C. Brears Founder of Mitidaption, Mark and Focus, and a Visiting Scholar at MIIS, Monterey, United States
Keywords: water, agriculture, phosphorus, circular economy


The global economy is based on a take-make-consume and dispose model where natural resources are turned into products and the waste disposed of instead of being reused as a resource. In the Asia-Pacific region climate change along with rapid population and economic growth is resulting in increased demand for water and food, potentially leading to economic and political instability. Europe has developed policy and technological innovations that can facilitate the transition towards a circular economy where waste becomes a resource. By using existing instruments Europe can transfer its circular economy knowledge and technology to
the Asia-Pacific region to increase security of supply of scarce resources. This can help ensure global security, influence climate change negotiations and create jobs in Europe.

How to Cite
Brears, R. C. (2019). The circular economy and the water-food nexus. Future of Food: Journal on Food, Agriculture and Society, 3(2), 53-59. Retrieved from