Invitation to the Berlin Science Week 21. Foodtropolis:Urban.Circular.Food & Climate Change

A Schnitzel is also just a string of molecules. Global Food Summit goes Science Week 2021

This is the third time, the Global Food Summit will be part of the Berlin Science Week on November 5, 2021 and lend a voice to innovations in food production. For the first time in partnership with the German Institute of Food Technologies (DIL).The founder of the Global Food Summit, Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein, explains:



Interview with Sebastian Turner, founder of the Falling Walls Foundation

He is a publicist and media entrepreneur, former shareholder and publisher of the Berlin daily newspaper "Der Tagesspiegel" and founder of the Falling Walls Foundation.



Peru: A Billboard Produces Drinking Water

Although Peru is considered one of the twenty most water-rich countries in the world, about seven to eight million Peruvians do not have access to clean drinking water. Researchers at the University of Mechanical Engineering and Technology in Lima (UTEC) and the Mayo Publicidad agency have succeeded in developing the first billboard that condenses moisture from the air to produce clean drinking water, 96 liters a day.



Media coverage of the Summit - this year's media resonance

This year, we are pleased again to have received numerous media reports in which the Global Food Summit and the topics of the conference were picked up. Read more about the media response here.



The First Day of the Global Food Summit live from Munich



Proteins from CO2, Bacteria and Energy - Are We at the Dawn of a Bioeconomic Age



Invitation to the online Global Food Summit

Food changers are you in ?

Two days about everything to do with innovative food, from start-ups to companies, from the discussion panel of the NZZ to the panel of the German Institute for Food Technology in livestream from the Wager Salon on the Theresienhöhe from Munich.



Commentary: The acceptance of alternative proteins, by Dr. André Vielstädte, Head of Corporate Communications at Tönnies

We ask stakeholders from industry, associations and politics: "What do you think the corona pandemic has and has had on the development and customer acceptance of alternative proteins, and what is your position on this?

This time Dr. André Vielstädte, Head of Corporate Communications at Tönnies, comments on the current situation. He is taking up the cudgels for animal protein as a component of human nutrition. At the same time, Tönnies sees the trend towards alternative products and is positioning itself in this market with meat replacement products through its subsidiary "Zur Mühlen".



Commentary: The acceptance of alternative proteins, by Verena Jungbluth Editor-in-Chief | Head of Veganism at the German Animal Welfare Association

We ask stakeholders from industry, associations and politics: "What do you think the corona pandemic has and has had on the development and customer acceptance of alternative proteins and what is your attitude towards it?

Today Verena Jungbluth editor-in-chief and head of the devision Veganismus at the German Animal Welfare Association. She says: As we live today, we cannot do it further and pleads for a social contract regarding the way we will shape agriculture in the future. Particularly, if it concerns animals. Alternative proteins play a major role here.



Science Week Podcast with Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein is online

The first #allweknow Expert Talk Podcast of the Berlin Science Week with Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein is online.

What will the food of the future look like? What role will the megacities play? And how can we create a future where everyone has enough to eat?

Watch the podcast on Youtube.



Commentary: The acceptance of alternative proteins

We continue with our series: "What do you think the corona pandemic has and has had on the development and customer acceptance of alternative proteins and what is your attitude towards it?

This time, Dr. Markus Weck will speak. He is Chief Executive Officer of Kulinaria Deutschland. The industry association is a merger of the Association of the Vinegar and Mustard Industry, the Federal Association of the German Delicatessen Industry and the Association of the Soup Industry. Products from the "alternative proteins" and "milk substitutes" segments are represented in these associations. 

His credo: Meat substitutes have conquered a firm place on the shelves of supermarkets and in consumers' pantry cupboards. He also reports on a current study on the motivation of food purchases, which the Rheingold Institute conducted on behalf of Kulinaria Deutschland. Health, safety and hygiene determine consumer behavior.



Sea fish without sea - Aquaponics

Do you need the sea or the ocean to breed fish? Thanks to Aquaponics this is no longer the case. This technology combines conventional aquaculture with hydroponics, making it possible to produce fish and leafy vegetables practically anywhere. The world's largest plant of this kind is located in the Coulee region, more precisely in Hixton, Wisconsin, USA.



Vertical farming rethought: The start-up Unfold focuses on the development of new seed varieties

The new start-up Unfold of Leaps by Bayer, the impact investment unit of Bayer AG and Temasek, a global investment firm based in Singapore, focuses on vertical farming. However, the focus is not on infrastructure development, but on the genetic potential of vertical farms. The start-up is the only company of its kind and develops new seed varieties from the genes of vegetable plants. These are then combined with cultivation recommendations for the special conditions in multi-storey greenhouses. The aim is to set new standards in quality, efficiency and sustainability in vertical farming.



Commentary: The SAMs Report “Towards a Sustainable Food System” bites the hand that feeds us!

One of the great challenges at the moment is the governance of our food systems. The European Commission launched the "Farm to Fork Strategy“ which is at the heart of the European Green Deal. The SAMs Report “Towards a Sustainable Food System” played an important role for that strategy.

Justus H.H. Wesseler,  Professor and Chair Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy Group, Wageningen University, The Netherlands and his colleague Professor Kai P. Purnhagen, Professor and Chair for Food Law, University of Bayreuth, and Co-Director of the Institute for Food law, wrote a critical comment on the SAMs Report “Towards a Sustainable Food System” in the European Law Blog.

They claim its proposed impact on the food system and its potential for implementation is running short and that the recommendations undermine the freedom of EU citizens, which includes the individual freedom to choose the food they like and the meaning they attach. With their propositions, the autors of the SAMs Report risk the imposition of a single food standard on EU citizens, while neutralising a major characteristic of Europe: its rich cultural diversity of food.



KitchenTown – A new home for food innovation in Berlin

KitchenTown is the new coworking space for food start-ups near Alexanderplatz in Berlin, including Maker Space, an area with fully equipped professional kitchens for product development.



Commentary: "What do you think the Corona pandemic has and has had on the development and customer acceptance of alternative proteins and what is your attitude towards it?"

A mega boost for alternative proteins through Corona? No, because crises make people more conservative - and involuntarily meatless

"Whether experiences of crisis make people more courageous? That would be a bold thesis, and probably also an unhistorical one. You make conservative. You can see it in the approval rates for parties. People leave parties like the AfD on the side of the road and vote bourgeois."

With this introduction, in this issue of our newsletter, Jan Grossarth takes the floor on alternative prteine. He is a book author and management and communications consultant with his company Goldfeder. During his time as editor at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, he was already concerned with the topics of nutrition and food production.



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.

Picture: Heura Foods



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. 

Picture: Tesvolt



Video message from the Head and Founder of the Global Food Summit, Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein

We are currently experiencing challenging, but also exciting times in which new concepts and ideas are emerging.
Watch the video message of the Head and Founder of the Global Food Summit, Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein on food innovations, the Berlin Science Week and the Global Food Summit 2021.



When acoustic waves freeze food

Some foods can be wonderfully deep-frozen - many types of vegetables or rolls of all kinds, for example. Others, however, are very sensitive, because after defrosting they do not look and taste as good as they used to. However, there is a method that can solve these problems: Acoustic Extra Freezing (AEF).

Picture: AEF Deutschland GmbH



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.



Yes, we can communicate

We started our social media campaigns in September: We presented our speakers, start-ups and sponsors, the Berlin Science Week, extraordinary interviews and many, many other events and stories. Now let's round up our communication work and yes, we did a good job. Here are the numbers:



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.



"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?"



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

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



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.



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.



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.



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".



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!



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.



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.



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



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.



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.



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".



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.



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.



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)



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.