Les Jardins de Solène
Les Jardins de Solène is a vegetable processing unit that recovers ‘ugly’ vegetables that do not meet conventional market standards. The initiative is driven by the founders will to fight against waste on two levels: Waste of fruits and vegetables in agricultural areas, and waste of human skills and capacity. Combining the two, Les Jardins de Solène provides long-term employment opportunities to people who are excluded from the traditional labor market, such as those with disabilities. Once the fruits and vegetables have been sorted and processed, they are sold to local organizations such as schools and hospitals. Les Jardins de Solène also provides coaching and support to employees as an inspiring example of social enterprise.
Les Jardins de Solène is now aiming to mature it’s logistics approach, exploring opportunities for a more efficient, collective strategy. In addition, improving the offer they can provide to public procurement will be essential in the long-term success of the initiative, as well as increasing awareness and understanding of food waste issues.
Info about the Innovators and the Innovation portraits Catalogue
FoodSHIFT 2030 aims to launch an ambitious citizen-driven transition of the European food system towards a low carbon circular future, including a shift to less meat and more plant based diets. This transition is necessary in order to address the pressing challenges for food and nutrition security, contribute to the EU commitment of reducing GHG emissions by at least 40% by 2030, and revitalize urban-rural linkages and partnerships.
To do so, it establishes FoodSHIFT Accelerator Labs for maturing, combining, upscaling and multiplying existing food system innovations across nine front-runner city-regions. In turn these innovations contribute to the FoodSHIFT vision.
An Innovation Catalogue called “Innovation Portraits” was created to snapshot each of the Food Innovations connected with each of the FoodSHIFT Accelerator Labs (FALs) across the 9 city regions.
Info about the Innovation Portraits Catalogue
The Innovation Catalogue will snapshot each of the Food Innovations connected with each of the FoodSHIFT Accelerator Labs (FALs) across the 9 city regions. Each FAL has a dedicated innovation focus and each chapter will present innovation cases from a particular FAL. For each of the innovations presented, a snapshot of the innovation concept and purpose will be given, alongside the key impacts the innovation has in relation to the FoodSHIFT Impact Pathways and the acceleration ambitions of the innovation.
In addition, each innovation portrait is also categorized according to its Innovation Dimension. These dimensions indicate what kind of innovation is being presented, and where in the value chain it plays a role. This is indicated by these tabs. The dimensions are defined as follows:
Product – Innovations in this category address new or updated products, including quality, safety and market impact.
Process – These innovations are relevant to new technologies for processing, logistical improvements, infrastructure and new/improved services.
Social – Innovations in this category are relevant to changes in behaviour (e.g. consumers/citizens), development of new relationships and inclusiveness.
Governance – The innovations address policy developments, including food planning, subsidies, taxing, certificates & labelling.
Learn more about all the Innovation portraits: https://foodshift2030.eu/meet-the-people-changing-your-food-system/