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Foodtropolis - Will Cities Shape our Perception of Food and Nature?

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Cities are the crucial engine rooms of our knowledge-based society and economy. Natural, rural resources seem to loose their relevance, while urban occupations attract highly specialized Millennials increasingly.


Metropolises are the new „Cultural Game-Changer“ driven by the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030. As such, they lead to new ways of living and thinking, affecting also the food production. This requires production sites, located close to the cities providing short, environmentally friendly food supply routes.

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Foodtropolis - Will Cities Shape our Perception of Food and Nature?

Milk without cows, meat without cattle and greens without soil – the agriculture of the future won’t take place in sheds or on fields, but in urban nutrition laboratories in the heart of our cities. 

Sounds like science fiction, but is already reality. Even in Germany. 

Shrimp cultured in saltwater tanks in Munich, bug burgers from Osnabrück or tomato-fish from aquaponic-systems in Berlin, are examples for the radical change in urban food production.  

„We are modern farmers. Our fields are right in the heart of the city.“ This is the credo of new, urban „farmers“; the city fishermen, the urban farmers or the urban livestock breeders. There backgrounds are not necessarily farming, but biotechnology, IT specialists or university students focusing on sustainable development goals. America ranks with 3 billion US Dollars second in investments in the biotechnology sector. 

The urban sustainability discussion on soil, light, water, fertilizer or health is more and more influenced by new methods and technologies. They way nature or farming are perceived will reach new dimensions in the light of urban farming and livestock. 

How does this change our perception of job profiles, nature and food? 

Examples are the project Sunqiao in Shanghai or Saudi Arabia with its Neom-Project, a city the size of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern including the whole food supply.

These developments are mainly driven by the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030. Do we need cultured meat or in house farmed vegetables, which promise perfectly save, sustainable and ethically correct standards? Will cities favor urban production to improve the ecological footprint? 

If your response is „yes“ then we are at the core of social change. Let’s talk about it! You are invited to discuss the topic with outstanding scientists, CEOs, and politicians in the Munich Residency.

We want to have a discussion with you on this issue at the Global Food Summit:

Foodtropolis - Will Cities Shape Our Perception of Food and Nature?

Date:  20th & 21st of March 2019 
        Time: 3:30 pm on the 20th of March 2019
                  9:00 am on the 21st of March 2019 

In:   Residenz München     
    Residenzstraße: 1
    80333 Munich   


The Global Food Summit visited the FAO in Rome

The curators of the Global Food Summit, Prof. Justus Wesseler from the University of Wageningen and Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein, head and founder of the Global Food Summit, visited the FAO in Rome on the 25th of May to speak in front of more than 150 people about "Foodtropolis - Will Cities Shape our Perception of Food and Nature?".

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