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Our sustainable circular economy system connects farms and end-consumers through a digital platform to solve food access challenges & waste.

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Other

Website of Legally Registered Entity

How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?

  • Just beginning now

Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?

Chicago, Illinois

Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?

United States

Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?

Chicagoland (Chicago Metropolitan area)

What country is your selected Place located in?

United States

Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

We both currently live in Chicago as students and are passionate about food and interested in increasing integration of local food systems and improving how we leverage food waste in the Chicagoland area.

Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.

We've outlined a draft below: - The feel of the Place: city with rich history - The food People eat (tastes, flavors, and smells): all kinds of foods - The climate and topography: flat, a city with 4 seasons (very cold winters) - The social dynamics, cultural traditions, language, and ethnic diversity: very diverse - The unique cultural trends: food city - The urban/rural breakdown: mostly urban in the city center with suburbs and rural outskirts - The role of agriculture, farming and aquaculture, and dominant crops: mostly commodities grown; some organic farming in outskirts & vertical indoor farms

What is the estimated population (current 2020) in your Place?


Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.

Current 2020 Challenges: Chicago foodland lacks composting infrastructure to collect food waste, and connect business and consumers to local food at scale. Future 2050 Challenges: With onset of climate change, it will be more challenging to predict weather patterns and seasonality may impact farmers crop yields and successes.

Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.

We hope to create a circular system that meets these needs.

High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.


Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?


How did you hear about the Food System Vision Prize?

  • Shared with my university

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Hi Kyra Atekwana Great to see you joining the Prize!
We noticed your submission is missing responses in some questions. Feel free to make continue making changes and update it until January 31, 2020. We'd love to see a more developed version! This will help the community provide you with feedback and possibly even collaborate with you.