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.



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.



"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.



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.



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. 



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



#Science Week Berlin in November 2019

Dinosaurs meet food innovation



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.



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.



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.



The challenges of the Chinese agricultural sector



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:



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. 



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.



CBC Morning-Show Interview to the Global Food Summit 2019 in Munich

Three Guelph-area agri-innovation companies are being showcased at a Global Food Summit in Germany this week. That includes Quinta Quinoa of Rockwood, Ontario. Anne Toner Fung of Innovation Guelph is with them in Munich and joined "The Morning Edition", a podcast, to discuss what taking part in the summit means for this area.



Press release: Global Food Summit: Urban ist das neue Bio - Lebensmittel aus der Stadt

Press release of the presscoference of the Global Food Summit on 20 March 2019. (in German)



Ubermetrics study: Consumers see insects, cultured meat & Co positiv

Ubermetrics analysed communication patterns about selected food innovations in Europe and North America.



Short Interview with Natalia Karbasova from Burda Bootcamp

The Burda Bootcamp connects start-ups, entrepreneurs and groups on different platforms. Our youngest media partner will host our evening event on 19 March 2019 in the run-up to the Global Food Summit.



Interview withKlaus Josef Lutz, CEO of BayWa

BayWa is sponsor of this year's Global Food Summit. The corporate headquarters in Munich will host our previous event on 19 March. In addition, CEO Klaus Josef Lutz will present the start-up session.  
We took the opportunity to ask a few questions.



Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein in f3 interview about urban farming, rural exodus and a lack of joy in experimentation

In an interview with Eva Piepenbrock from f3 – Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein compares the food start-up scene in Germany and internationally and comes to the conclusion that more venture capital is used internationally and a higher risk is accepted. He also talks about internationally important issues in the agricultural and food sectors and the potential of urban farming.
To the interview:



The Food System in Transition: A Conversation with Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein

Saahil Parekh researcher and entrepreneur in food systems from India und Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein, Head and Founder of the Global Food Summit, met at a quaint café in Central Berlin, were they had a conversation about the transitioning food sector across its length and breadth.



Interview with Prof. Martina Schraudner from acatech

Our youngest member of the Global Food Summit Board of Trustees is acatech – the National Academy of Science and Engineering. It is sponored by the German Government and the national voice of engeneering in and out of Germany. The acatech gives advice to politics and society when ist comes to questions of sience and the future of science and engineering. We asked some questions to Prof. Martina Schraudner, the acatech member at the Global Food Summit Board of Trustees.



Essay in the online magazine Novo: Will the future of agriculture take place in the cities?

Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein has published an essay in the online magazine Novo about "the urban future of agriculture", examining whether the innovative agricultural sector of the future will take place in cities rather than in rural areas.



Interview with Dr. Michael Binder, Director Sustainability Development, Evonik Nutrition & Care GmbH

In fact, the chemical specialist Evonik is better known for its high-performance materials. But the company has also been active in the food industry for years. Dr. Michael Binder is responsible for sustainability in the Nutrition & Care segment and talks in an interview about the contribution and importance of this topic for Evonik.



"der Freitag" reports about our cooperation event "Essen neu denken" with "young+restless" from December 13, 2018

Carrots from the subway?
The world's population is growing. More and more people are moving to cities. What does this mean for nutrition? A discussion about vegetables in containers and free-range lettuce.



Interview with His Excellency, the Ambassador of Canada, Stéphane Dion

Canada will be participating in the Global Food Summit in 2019 through the City of Guelph, Wellington, and present their project "50x50x50 by 2025 - Creating Canada's first circular food economy".
We spoke with the Ambassador of Canada in Germany, His Excellency Stéphane Dion.



Samuel H. Sternberg about his perception on the latest breaking news on China and CRISPR babies

We asked Samuel H. Sternberg about his perception on the latest breaking news on China and CRISPR babiesSamuel H. Sternberg runs a research laboratory as an assistant professor at Columbia University in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics and is an expert in CRISPR and gene editing technology.



"Rethink Food", a „young+restless“ event in cooperation with the Global Food Summit 2019

The Global Food Summit invites to the Telefónica Basecamp event "Rethink Food", taking place December 13, 2018 at 06:30 pm in Berlin. An exciting kick off of the Global Food Summit in March. Click here to sign on!



Interview with Mark Post, Chief Scientific Officer at Mosa Meat

In December, the fourth international conference "Cultured Meat" will take place in Maastricht, the Netherlands. The Global Food Summit interviewed Mark Post, Chief Scientific Officer of Mosa Meat, on his assessment of clean meat.

Image by Mosa Meat



Interview with Peter Wesjohann, CEO of the PHW Group

A study conducted by the Justus Liebig University in Gießen on behalf of the Heinz Lohmann Foundation and published in July 2018 revealed that, overall, Germany remains an attractive location for agricultural and food sector enterprises. During the period from June to October 2017, the institute carried out three rounds of surveys, amounting to a total of 234 interviews with experts from the following four industries: baking, brewing, dairy, and poultry.

Image by Timo Lutz Werbefotografie



Der Global Food Summit zu Gast bei der FAO in Rom

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?".

The Future of Food - What's Left for Agriculture?
From Prof. Justus Wesseler, University of Wageningen

The production of meat and fish from stem cells is coming closer to reality. Several companies invest in this technology (NRC). The technology looks promising and appealing. Animal meat produced without slaughtering cattle, pigs, chickens, or catch fish from the ocean avoids issues related to animal welfare and declining marine biodiversity. The environmental impacts related to animal production such as greenhouse gases emissions and disposal of manure are other potential benefits.?The technologies, however, at this point time are still far from reaching the market in substantial amounts, and it is difficult to predict when this will be.