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2020-06-01

Interview with Dr. Heike Bach, managing director of Vista GmbH and Robert van der Kooy, market analyst and sales manager Ypsilon BayWa Agri Supply & Trade BV

Ypsilon is a yield forecast service of BayWa Beteiligungsgesellschaften Vista GmbH, Germany, and BayWa Agri Supply & Trade (BAST) / Cefetra B.V., Netherlands. On the basis of satellite data in combination with Vista's plant growth model, crop yields can be forecast at EU and regional level with a high degree of accuracy and up to eight weeks ahead of the methods established to date. 

We spoke with Robert van der Kooy, market analyst and sales manager Ypsilon BayWa Agri Supply & Trade BV and Dr. Heike Bach, managing director of Vista GmbH, and asked them about the potential of Ypsilon.

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2020-06-01

Boom in alternative proteins

These are incredible figures, as reported by the Good Food Institute (GFI) in its latest report dated 13 May 2020: 930 million US dollars were invested in alternative protein companies in the first quarter of 2020 alone. This means that the first quarter of 2020 has already cracked the industry's successful previous year: in 2019, the companies were able to win 824 million US dollars for the development of their alternative protein products.

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2020-06-01

Tesvolt Press Release: Tesvolt Pover Storage reduces energy cost in fish farming

Wittenberg, 12 November 2019 The Norwegian fish farming company Kvarøy is using a Tesvolt bulk storage tank on its salmon farm off the island of Selsøyvær in the North Sea. On the floating work platform, the lithium batteries with a total storage capacity of 158 kilowatt hours (kW) reduce the operating time of the diesel generators from 24 to only three hours a day. When rearing a generation of salmon, which takes about 18 months, the company thus saves between 150,000 and 200,000 euros and reduces CO2 emissions. The battery system was developed, supplied and installed by the German commercial storage manufacturer Tesvolt together with its Norwegian partner company Kverneland Energi to meet the individual requirements on the fish farm. 

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2020-04-28

Interview with Stefan Genth, General Manager of the German Retail Association

The reactions to the Covid-19 epidemic have put our economic life under severe pressure and highlighted strengths and weaknesses. Trade has been particularly hard hit. We asked Stefan Genth, General Manager of the German Retail Association, about the current situation and his assessments for the future.

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2020-03-20

Yes, we can communicate 

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2020-03-20

Interview with Anke Kwast, Head of Product and Application R&D at Yara International

The Norwegian company Yara International has a clear mission: "To feed the world in a responsible way and protect the planet". Yara produces chemicals and industrial gases such as fertilizers, urea, nitrates and ammonia, and is constantly working to develop better, more environmentally friendly products. The company also investigates the impact of various factors on the soil and the products grown. We asked Anke Kwast, Head of Product and Application R&D at Yara International, about her studies and Yara's role in a recycling economy.

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2020-03-20

Food of the future - technology alone is not enough

Combining theory and practice is the guiding principle of "Metabolic", a globally operating consulting company based in Amsterdam. Metabolic develops holistic concepts for cities, companies and organisations, with environmentally friendly and sustainable strategies to deal with raw materials, energy and food. It uses scientific findings from all over the world as well as the results of its own non-profit research institute.

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2020-03-04

Cancellation of the Global Food Summit from March 24 - 26, 2020 in the Munich Residence

Munich/Berlin: Regarding the cancellation of the Global Food Summit in Munich, from 24 - 26 March 2020, the Head & Founder of the Global Food Summit, Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein, declares

It is with great regret that we have to cancel this year's Global Food Summit in Munich, from 24 to 26 March 2020. Due to the current global development of the spread of COVID19 and the current situation in Germany, we feel obliged to take this step.

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2020-03-02

"Why does your topic need to be in the public eye?"

Prof. Stefan Pelzer is our speaker at the Global Food Summit 2020 in Munich. We asked him: "Why does your topic need to be in the public eye?"

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2020-02-13

Invitation to all Turkish experts and interested parties in food innovation technologies

24-26 Mart 2020 tarihinde, Global Food Summit 2020’ye davetiye.

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2020-02-11

Congratulations: All abstract submissions are accepted!

We are kicking off the week with great news. 15 very interesting abstracts about the topics „Circular Food“ and „AI in food production“ have been submitted, evaluated and now also accepted.

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2020-02-11

Interview with Prof. Dr. Stefan Pelzer and Dr. Alfred Petri from Evonik

"Farm animals should be able to utilize their feed in the best possible way and remain healthy without antibiotics," says Prof. Dr. Stefan Pelzer, head of the "Gut Health & Diagnostics" innovation unit in the Animal Nutrition Business Line of Evonik. As a speaker, he will provide exciting insights into the work of the company and into current projects and research results. We asked him and his colleague Dr. Alfred Petri, Head of Precision Livestock Farming, questions about their work.

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2020-01-27

Global Food Summit: Protein and natural antibiotics from lobster shells

Lobsters, shrimps, crabs - their meat is considered a delicacy by many people. But the edible part of the animals is in stark disproportion to the amount of residue left over from the preparation, the hard, indigestible shells. Worldwide, between six and ten million tons of these are produced annually. Waste? Not at all. Rather, it is a valuable raw material that is still largely lost unused. Professor Thomas Brück from the Technical University of Munich plans to speak at the next Global Food Summit in Munich in March about new ways to recover this treasure.

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2020-01-27

Joint barn evening of f3 and the Global Food Summit in Munich    

On 24 March, the barn evening of f3 and the Global Food Summit in Munich will focus on the nutrition of the future. We talked to Eva Piepenbrock, head of the f3 editorial office, about the work of f3 and the barn evening.

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2020-01-21

Congratulations to Three Young Scientists from Bangladesh to an Invitation to the Global Food Summit in Munich

Three young researchers from Bangladesh, Fabliha Bashashat Rodosy, Rahagir Salekeen and Ramisa Nowshin, will present their work alongside scientists and start-ups from several other countries at the Global Food Summit in Munich from 24 to 26 March 2020 as part of the "Call for Abstracts". Fabliha Bashashat Rodosy, Rahagir Salekeen and Ramisa Nowshin are the winners of a nationwide competition initiated by Dr. S M Abdul-Awal, Professor of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering at the University of Khulna, Bangladesh. Students from various universities had submitted more than 60 abstracts; the twelve best students were invited to a grand final on 21 January 2020 in Khulna. The three winners of the competition are now allowed to travel to Germany in March and present themselves at the Global Food Summit. "The competition was an excellent opportunity for young researchers to show curiosity, creative learning and entrepreneurship and to be supported for this", says Dr. S M Abdul-Awal. "The three winners will contribute to reducing poverty in our country and to ensuring ecologically sustainable food security".

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2020-01-17

Khulna University Bangladesh launches competition for the best innovative food abstracts

On 1 January 2020, a very special competition will be launched: students from the Bangladeshi universities Khulna University, Jessore University of Science & Technology, BSMRU, Potuakhali University of Science & Technology, Khulna University of Engineering and Technology and Barishal University can submit abstracts and win a trip to the Global Food Summit 2020.

Our speaker at the Global Food Summit 2019, Dr. S M Abdul-Awal, initiated this competition and is responsible for the organization and supervision.

The students have until 20 January 2020 to submit their abstracts on the topics of closed-loop food management, closed-loop agriculture, waste recycling and AI in food production. The two to three winners will be given the opportunity to perform at the Global Food Summit Start-up Meeting Walk the Talk. We wish you every success!

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2020-01-15

Interview with Prof. S M Abdul-Awal Professor of Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering, Khulna University, Bangladesh and UC Berkeley, California

Dr. S M Abdul-Awal is Berkeley Beahrs ELP alumnus and Professor of Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering, University of Khulna, Bangladesh. He initiated, organized and supervised a competition for students from various universities in Bangladesh to submit abstracts and win a trip to the Global Food Summit 2020 in Munich.

We spoke with him about the competition and the challenges for research and innovation in Bangladesh.

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2020-01-15

Ferming instead of farming - nutrition without agriculture and livestock

You cannot live on air - every child knows that. You can, says Dr. Pasi Vainikka. Together with Dr. Juha-Pekka Pitkänen, Vainikka heads the Finnish start-up Solar Foods Ltd. in Helsinki, which was founded in 2017.

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2019-12-16

Sustainability in food production - A guest article by Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein

Especially today, the goal of sustainability is more important than ever. It is above all about preserving our planet for future generations. In a phase in which digital technology is continually evolving, it could help to achieve the goal of sustainability and thus preserve the Earth for future generations.

Read the full article here.

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2019-12-12

Interview with Michael Schinharl, operations manager of the restaurant brenner in Munich

The brenner Restaurant is an institution in Munich. It has been open since 2003 and is located in the columned hall of the Marstall, the former horse stable of the Residenz. The pleasant and historical atmosphere will give our dinner a special touch and mark the end of our first conference day.

We talked to our host Michael Schinharl about the influence of food innovations on gastronomy.

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2019-12-12

Win two seats at the exclusive Global Food Summit Dinner 2020

Have you always wanted to talk about the future of our nutrition in a beautiful and relaxed atmosphere with international scientists, politicians and representatives of associations and companies? At our Global Food Summit Dinner on 25 March 2020 at the renowned Restaurant brenner in Munich, we are offering you the opportunity to do so.

As part of our competition, you have the chance to win two seats for the Global Food Summit Dinner on 25 March 2020 at the brenner in Munich.

The Global Food Summit Christmas competition runs from 11 to 18 December 2019 on our Facebook fanpage. 

We are looking forward to your visit. Good luck!

Visit our facebook fanpage here.

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2019-12-11

Greeting from Michaela Kaniber, Bavarian State Minister for Food, Agriculture and Forestry

Global Food Summit 2020


Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,

wie verändern Städte unsere Wahrnehmung von Essen und Natur? Wie sieht die Zukunft der ländlichen Regionen aus? Liegt die Zukunft der Landwirtschaft auch in den Städten?

Mit diesen und weiteren spannenden Fragen beschäftigt sich der hochka- rätig besetzte Global Food Summit 2020, der Ihnen in dieser Ausgabe des Magazins „Forum Nachhaltig Wirtschaften“ vorgestellt wird. Zum zweiten Mal heißen wir in München den Global Food Summit 2020 willkommen. Mit der Austragung der Veranstaltung in München wollen wir in Bayern wichti- ge Impulse für die Ernährungsversorgung der Zukunft setzen und innovati- ve Technologien und Produktionsmethoden in der Landwirtschaft und Le- bensmittelherstellung vorantreiben.

Das Thema des Global Food Summits “Foodtropolis. Urban. Circular. Food“ ist zukunftsweisend und heutzutage überaus präsent in der Food Start-Up Szene. Im Fokus steht die Kreislaufwirtschaft. Eines der bekann- testen Beispiele ist Aquaponik – eine geschlossene Kreislaufanlage zur Fischproduktion und Pflanzenzucht. Ziel der Kreislaufwirtschaft ist Abfall- vermeidung, Energieeinsparung und Reduktion von Treibhausgasemissio- nen. So können wir unsere Lebensmittelkette nachhaltiger, klimafreundli- cher und ressourcenschonender gestalten.

Ressourcen und Produkte so lange wie möglich in der Lebensmittelkette zu halten, ist die Voraussetzung für eine zukünftige wettbewerbsfähige Ernährungswirtschaft. Auch unsere bayerischen Landwirte, Lebensmittelpro- duzenten und -unternehmen können von dieser Entwicklung profitieren.

Man muss sich den Herausforderungen und Zukunftsszenarien stellen, damit daraus Chancen werden, um die Agrar- und Ernährungswirtschaft als einen der wichtigsten bayerischen Wirtschaftszweige zu sichern. Der Global Food Summit in München bietet uns als Dialogplattform für Wissen- schaft, Unternehmen, Verbände und Politik die große Gelegenheit, ge- meinsam zu diskutieren, in welchem Maße neue und innovative Technolo- gien hierfür Ansätze aufzeigen können.

Michaela Kaniber
Bayerische Staatsministerin
für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Forsten

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2019-12-11

Article in "forum Nachhaltig Wirtschaften" magazine

Every 2.62 seconds a human is born. Every year we become about 80 million more people who need to be supplied with water and food. This growth will primarily affect the cities: Europe already has an urbanization rate of around 76 percent. How should the food flows of the metropolises be managed in the future? Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein has written an article for the "forum Nachhaltig Wirtschaften". (in German)

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2019-12-03

acatech Horizonte and Global Food Summit - Panel Discussion "How will the future of farming look like?"

Munich 3 Dezember 2019

What will sustainable agriculture look like in the future? What are the basic prerequisites for this? These are the questions addressed in the third edition of the acatech HORIZONTE publication series, which was presented at the Künstlerhaus in Munich on 3 December 2019. Just one day after the agricultural summit in the Chancellery, the Academy invited experts from agriculture and food production to a discussion. At an acatech in the morning on 5 December, working group leader Hans-Georg Frede finally discussed with members of the Bavarian State Parliament how the topic of agriculture can also be given greater focus in education.

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2019-11-25

Sternfahrt der Bauern 2019

About 40,000 participants and 8,600 tractors from all over Germany traveled to the center of Berlin on the so-called farmers' rally on 26 November 2019.

With the motto "Farmer creates connection. We call to the table", the aim of the rally to draw attention to the situation of farmers in Germany.

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2019-11-14

Cucumbers in Space

How do people eat on permanent missions in space? Astronauts need food for months spent in the International Space Station ISS or on future long-term journeys to the Moon and Mars? The German Aerospace Center (DLR) has an answer to this question.

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2019-11-14

Circular Economy - Knowledge is also Divisible

Ecological management has long ceased to be a chic trend and is now a sheer necessity. The magic word is "Circular Economy".

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2019-11-13

Interview with Dr. Susanne Kadner, Head of the Circular Economy Initiative, acatech

Digitisation will change agriculture. For the first time in history, there is the possibility that closed production and waste circles will create a "circular food economy".
Innovations and artificial intelligence make it possible to implement a closed-loop concept in food production, manufacturing and resource processing that was previously unthinkable.
What are the opportunities and risks in this field and what role will artificial intelligence (AI) play in agriculture?

We asked Dr. Susanne Kadner, head of the Circular Economy Initiative's office at acatech, about this topic and found out what she is most looking forward to at the Global Food Summit 2020.

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2019-11-13

"Unter Sauriern": The Global Food Summit at Berlin Science Week

It was the first time that the topic of food was scientifically presented and discussed at the Berlin Science Week.

At the Berlin Museum of Natural History it was about closed food production in containers, the septic tank as a gold mine and circular food concepts in Africa.

The crowd was great - the chairs were not enough, in short: it was a complete success. About 250 people came to our event at the Berlin Science Week "Foodtropolis - Urban.Circular.Food." at the Museum of Natural History in Berlin.

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2019-10-28

Dinosaurs meet food innovation | The Global Food Summit at the Berlin Science Week

Closed food production in containers, the septic tank as a gold mine and circular food concepts in Africa.

For the first time, the subject area "Food and Agriculture" will be scientifically represented at the current Berlin Science Week by an event of the Global Food Summit 2020. You will find us on 06 November 2019 from 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm in the Berlin Museum of Natural History.

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2019-10-24

Deutschlandfunk interview with Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein

Agriculture and climate change
The food of the future from the city

Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein, Head and Founder of the Global Food Summit, spoke with Jantje Hannover of Deutschlandfunk about "The food of the future from the city". For him, the core challenge is obvious, because between nine and ten billion people will live on earth in 2050, 75 percent of them in cities; and 80 percent of the food will be consumed in cities.

Prof. Chrsitan Ulrichs, a biologist and specialist in urban horticulture who works closely with the Global Food Summit, was also interviewed. He talks about new cultivation methods in the cities. 

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2019-10-23

Interview with Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein: Science Week provides insights into the world of tomorrow

"At Berlin Science Week, our speakers will present concepts in which waste is processed into recyclable materials, sensors that drive precision farming forward, animal feed that enables more sustainable animal husbandry or agriculture in containers," said Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein about the programme of the Global Food Summit at this year's Science Week. The panel will take place on 06 November 2019 from 18:00 to 19:30 at the Museum für Naturkunde.

Read the full interview here.

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2019-10-10

Interview with Lim Chuan Poh, Chairman of the Singapore Food Agency Board

Singapore's growth has pushed the city towards industrialization and urbanization over the decades, leaving little land for agriculture. This year, the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) announced the ambitious goal to grow 30% of nutrition required within the city by 2030.

We asked Lim Chuan Poh, Chairman of the Singapore Food Agency Board at the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources and key note speaker at the Global Food Summit 2020 in Munich, about the SFA and the realization of a circular economy in Singapore.

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2019-10-10

Trends in food communication #GFS20 - Urban Circular Food Economy: Do actions really speak louder than words?

Our media partner Ubermetrics writes regularly for our newsletter about the public communication around the topics of the Global Food Summit. In this article they highlight the topic Urban Circular Food Economy.

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2019-10-02

The Global Food Summit organizes the HORIZONTE magazine publication event together with the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech).

Publication of the third edition of acatech HORIZONTE "Sustainable Agriculture".

Resource-conserving innovations are necessary to secure our food supply in the future as well. The topic of sustainable agriculture in its ecological, economic and social dimensions is therefore the subject of the new acatech publication HORIZONTE, and the discussion event in cooperation with the Global Food Summit in Munich on 3 December 2019.

It will be discussed to what extent the dimensions of sustainable agriculture influence each other and which conflicts of objectives can arise. The aim is to discuss levers that each individual actor can use to ensure greater sustainability. In addition, the potential of various (modern) methods that can efficiently support us in achieving sustainable agriculture will also be presented.

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2019-10-02

Developing Agriculture to City Production | Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein in the "Deutsche Bauern Korrespondenz" (German Farmers

Although a tomato will always remain a tomato, says author Becker-Sonnenschein, production methods and facilities change breathtakingly fast. Many vegetable varieties are now city plants in digitally controlled indoor farming.

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2019-09-04

Food Communication Trends: #GFS20: Communication and acceptance of food innovations in societies

We are giving a voice to the future of food - and of course it is particularly interesting to see how the topics of the Global Food Summit are being communicated. 

We are therefore very pleased that our media partner Ubermetrics will follow and analyse the public communication around the topics of the congress over the next couple of weeks and will regularly publish guest articles about those topics in our newsletter.

To kick off this series, Ubermetrics has analysed the German- and English-speaking communication around the topics of the Global Food Summit - "Artificial Intelligence and Urban Circular Food Economy" - for a period of two months (July 2019 - August 2019) and also looked at a first practical example: robotic bees.

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2019-09-03

Interview with Dr. Matěj Karásek, Guest Researcher at the Faculty of Airspace Engineering at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Imagine that there are Vertical Farming greenhouses that operate completely autonomously. What would the pollination of the plants look like here? One idea is to rely on robotic bees. But what could they look like?

We spoke with Dr. Matěj Karásek, Guest Researcher at the Faculty of Airspace Engineering at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and Founder of Flapper Drones, a Spin-off of TU Delft. He and his team have developed the DelFly Nimble, a novel flapping wing robot with exceptional flight characteristics.

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2019-09-03

Innovation: Cheese out of the laboratory

The Berlin company Legendairy Foods can grow protein in a pertrical dish and would like to use it to make cheese and other dairy products. The special charm of this process is that the product can be modified at will, not only in terms of flavour or texture, but also in terms of compatibility with allergy sufferers.

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2019-08-24

Global Food Summit 2020: Urban Food Circles

The countdown has started and the organisation is in full swing: Today we present the topic of the next Global Food Summit on 25 and 26 March 2020 in Munich.

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2019-08-24

Insects as a missing link in the circular economy

Currently, our value chain is predominantly linear. We can do so much more with our waste and close our value chain, make it circular. With the help of insects, for example.

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2019-08-24

The Nutrition Cluster and StartinFOOD launch Start-up Competition NEXT LEVEL 2019

With the Food Start-up Contest NEXT LEVEL 2019, our member of the Board of Trustees "Nutrition Cluster at the Bavarian Competence Centre for Nutrition (KErn)" is once again supporting innovative food start-ups from Germany this year. We will nominate the best start-up from the first round, the crowdfunding competition, for our own start-up competition for the Global Food Summit People's Choice Award.

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2019-08-22

#Science Week Berlin in November 2019

Dinosaurs meet food innovation

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2019-07-01

The media reach of the Global Food Summit 2019

We have reached out to 87 million readers worldwide – in Germany, Austria, Canada, the USA, China, Chile, the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, India and Ecuador.

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2019-06-20

City Changers, are you in? The Urban Future Global Conference in Oslo

For four days, Oslo was the center of the global urbanists, i.e., the experts working on a sustainable future for the growing metropolises of the world.

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2019-05-27

The Global Food Summit on TV Bayern

"Foodlover" - this is the title of TV Bayern's report in which two Bavarian start-ups from the Global Food Summit present their innovative products. 

www.tvbayernlive.de/mediathek/video/foodlover

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2019-05-24

The challenges of the Chinese agricultural sector

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2019-05-17

Blog post from David Zilberman: The gains from working before starting a graduate program

In his current post for the Berkeley Blog, David Zilberman talks his positive experiences of working before starting graduate programs.
Read the full post here: https://blogs.berkeley.edu/2019/05/15/the-gains-from-working-before-starting-a-graduate-program/

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2019-03-29

A summary of the speeches at the Global Food Summit 2019

The Global Food Summit 2019 was attended by 250 representatives from politics, media, business and society. During the two days of the conference they discussed the topic: "Footropolis: Are cities changing our perception of food and nature?  In our summary, written by Saahil Parek, researcher and entrepreneur for food systems from India, you can read who spoke on our two conference days – and about what they spoke. 
(© RALF BAUMGARTEN / GLOBAL FOOD SUMMIT)

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2019-03-28

SWR Aktuell interview with Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein, Head and Founder vom Global Food Summit

"We are moving towards personalized nutrition," says Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein. In the interview with the german radio station "SWR Aktuell", he explains exactly what this personalized nutrition will look like.

*Please note that the interview was made in german.

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