Meet the 2021 Food Planet Prize Finalists

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The Curt Bergfors Foundation is proud to present the 2021 Food Planet Prize Finalists.


We are incredibly impressed by the ingenuity of the technologies, methods, and operations of our finalists. Sometimes, blurring the lines between land, sea, and atmosphere, these top candidates disrupt critical areas of the food arena, from rethinking food production to waste reduction. As true trailblazers, they either reimagine these crucial aspects or offer creative applications to established concepts.


The 2021 Finalists also span a wide spectrum of actions needed to rapidly shift to a nature-positive, people-centered, climate-resilient food planet. They address land degradation, food loss, malnutrition, and plastic pollution, to name a few. Many take a 360° approach and make farmers' livelihoods as well as other social issues an integral part of their work. We believe all have a solid potential to scale quickly and impact broadly.


We received nearly 400 nominations this year; six are still in the running. Without further ado, let us introduce you to the 2021 Food Planet Prize Finalists:


Agrisea (Canada) for "taking rice farming offshore”

Agrisea uses a gene-editing technique to amplify the untapped salt-tolerant genes found in rice to grow the grain on floating sea farms. The rice requires no soil, fertilizers, nor freshwater and could help combat hunger while saving land and freshwater resources. Learn more

Air Protein (USA) for "making food out of excess CO2 "

Air Protein is developing a protein ingredient from edible microbes. The protein is cultivated with a mixture of excess atmospheric carbon dioxide and hydrogen gas and will initially be used to produce alternative meat products. The technique could contribute to curbing global warming. Learn more


B4Plastics (Belgium) for "giving a whole new meaning to the notion of ghost gears"

B4Plastics is designing biobased and biodegradable fishing equipment. Discarded plastic fishing gear is the major source of plastic waste in our oceans. B4Plastics’ program an "expiration date" into their gear, which will also feature accelerated biodegradation past that date, which could help reduce plastic waste in oceans. Learn more

ColdHubs (Nigeria) for offering "a cool way to tackle food loss"

ColdHubs operates "plug and play" cold rooms located at major farm clusters and outdoor markets. Their pay-as-you-store system allows small-scale farmers to keep their produce fresh, extending shelf life from two to 21 days and reducing post-harvest loss by 80 percent. Learn more

GreenWave (USA) for "taking ocean farming to new depths

GreenWave has developed a vertical ocean polyculture that produces high yields of seaweed and shellfish with a low environmental footprint. Their farming system adds zero fertilizer, feed, nor pesticide to the ocean and supports the restoration of marine ecosystems. Learn more

The Savory Institute (USA) for "re-greening grasslands through grazing"

The Savory Institute offers Holistic Management training to farmers, ranchers, and pastoralists worldwide. Their land and livestock management methods and grazing systems fight desertification and boost soil regeneration, ecosystems restoration, and carbon capture. Learn more



The 2021 Food Planet Finalists were selected by our Jury of world-leading food system specialists, chaired by Professor Johan Rockström, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, and Magnus Nilsson, Director of MAD Academy. Congratulations and best of luck to all six top candidates to the Prize!


The 2021 Food Planet Prize recipients will be announced on 18 November 2021.


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Sarah Kullin
Brand and Communications Officer



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