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Circular Economy & Bioeconomy


Study: Fewer pesticides lead to crop losses of up to 30 percent

Wageningen University & Research (WUR) of the Netherlands presented its full study on the impacts of the Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy, announced last fall, in Brussels in mid-January. Entitled "Impact Assessment of EC 2030 Green Deal Targets for Sustainable Crop Production," the study presents specific data for the EU's major agricultural producing countries. CropLife Europe and CropLife International commissioned the study, which was prepared with the involvement of other stakeholders in the food supply chain.



From the bowl is the key to circular economy

Resources from the bowl are the key to a sustainable regional circular economy. With this approach, the research consortium "Region.innovativ - zirkulierBAR", funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Science, has embarked on a three-year research journey.



Press Release: ICABR Closing Statement: Importance of the bioeconomy often under-estimated.

The 25th Congress of the "International Consortium on Applied Bioeconomy Research" (ICABR) was held in Ravello from 29.06. to 02.07.2021.



Interview with Dr. Edgar Remmele, TFZ Technology Promotion Center in the Competence Center for Renewable Resources, Straubing

In agriculture, fodder silos covered with foil, sandbags and tires can be seen in winter. The cover tarpaulins are huge. Dr. Remmele from the TFZ Technology Promotion Center in the Competence Center for Renewable Raw Materials in Straubing conducted research on a sprayable cover for silages until the end of January 2019. His product is 100 percent biodegradable and meets the requirements of the bio-economy.



Interview with Georg Mayerhofer Farmer in Ortenburg/Bavaria

Georg Mayerhofer is a farmer in Ortenburg in Bavaria. He wants to be a link between society and agriculture. He gives consumers the opportunity to acquire basic knowledge about agricultural activities and provides an insight into a modern agricultural business. For this reason he is very active in public relations, appears as a speaker and reports about his work on his blog and in social media. We asked him questions about his work and his opinion on innovations in food production.



Interview with Dr. Christina Kuchendorf, researcher and project coordinator at the Institute of Bio- and Geosciences, IBG-2, at Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH

Dr. Christina Kuchendorf has been coordinating the IBG-2 AlgaeScienceCenter with three pilot scale algae production facilities since 2016. One focus is on the use of algae in plant nutrition, always aiming to keep science applicable and working toward circular bioeconomy. We asked her some questions about algae and her work.



Global Food Summit takes part in the German Sustainability Award 2020

The Global Food Summit is taking part in the German Sustainability Award 2020 with Forschungszentrum Jülich and the consulting company mfm - menschen für medien.



Interview with Dr. Oriana Romano, Head of Unit Water Governance and Circular Economy Cities, Urban Policies, and Sustainable Development Division Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities, OECD

With the "Programme on the Economics and Governance of Circular Economy in Cities and Regions", the OECD has launched a programme that helps cities to recognise and exploit the potential of a circular economy. 
We spoke to Oriana Romano, Head of Unit, Water Governance and Circular Economy at the OECD, about the programme.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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)



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.



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".



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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)



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.