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Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein

Dear friends of the Global Food Summit,

For the first time, the Global Food Summit will be represented at the Berlin Science Week on 6 November 2019. And for the first time we will also be able to give food innovations a scientific voice at the Science Week.

Of course, we would be delighted to see you at our lectures in the Experimental Field in the Museum für Naturkunde in Invalidenstraße. We have an exciting lecture program with scientists and companies from Australia, Africa, USA and Berlin.

Afterwards, together with ETH Zurich and Cyber Valley, the largest European research association for Artificial Intelligence, we invite you to the political evening reception "Nachts im Museum – Unter Sauriern" at the Naturkundemuseum. The guests will be welcomed by the Ministry of Education and Research, supported by EVONIK Industries AG and the automobile developer AV.

Why this digital focus?

It is important to discuss what digitization – Industry 4.0, photo-optical systems, robotics, analytics and much more – means for the production and manufacture of food in the future. Without these new technologies and methods, global food security will hardly be achievable in the coming decades.

Digital systems also find their way into the distribution of food: from apps to avoid food waste to the autonomous delivery of shopping baskets ordered on the Internet.

Our most important task for the future will be to close the circle, which means: to regard food waste as a raw material and to use it again and again. The separation of by-products streams into their individual components, the preservation of food leftovers from the catering trade and also the resource sewage sludge will become a new business model through digital methods.

Here, new tasks, jobs and services are emerging. The complexity of the change is overwhelming in comparison to the supposedly simple, idealised agriculture we have in mind today.

Let's discuss it - I’m looking forward to meet you at the Science Week, on November 6, 2019, at the Berlin Museum für Naturkunde in Invalidenstraße, starting at 6 p.m. in the Experimental Field.

Yours Unterschrift Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein



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

What are some of the things SFA is doing to put the plans in motion? What do you think are some of the key drivers to achieve this goal?

Singapore is a small city-state with significant land constraints and we rely on imports for over 90% of our food. This situation contrasts very sharply with that of Germany, which is by and large self-sufficient in food production. Given that the population density in Singapore is nearly 40 times that of Germany, it is no surprise that we are hard pressed to think about innovative and sustainable ways of growing food in our city.

However, the rapid progress in agritech has now made it possible for us to explore urban food production in a sustainable and climate-resilient way. For instance, multi-storey/multi-tier indoor food production ‘factories’ help to maximise land productivity. Building indoors also helps us to include environmental controls to buffer against extreme weather. These urban food solutions, should they be found suitable to meet Singapore’s needs, will also be our contribution to regional or global food security in time to come.

In order to help catalyse this effort, the government has set aside S$144m for research and innovation effort in this sector. The research and innovation program focused on three main themes: improving sustainable urban food production techniques, advancing biotech-based protein production, and innovations in food safety science.

Read the full interview here  
  „Technology offers two potential benefits – to help farms be more resilient against the impact of climate change and to reduce the impact of food production on the environment.“ Interview with Lim Chuan Poh #GFS20 - Share on Twitter

News of the Month

Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein article for the Deutsche Bauern Korrespondenz

"A tomato always remains a tomato, but where and how it is produced changes incredibly fast."
In his article for Deutsche Bauern Korrespondenz, our Head and Founder Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein explains how new production methods and locations have made many vegetables city plants in digitally controlled indoor farms.

Read the article here (in German)

"A tomato always remains a tomato, but where and how it is produced changes incredibly fast. In the meantime, it has become a "city plant"," says Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein in his article for Deutsche Bauern Korrespondenz"  – Share on Twitter

Upcoming Events


Stakeholder Conference „Evonik-Perspektiven“


Discussion panel at Science Week in Berlin


Evonik Industries AG discusses with its stakeholders at the conference "Evonik Perspectives" on the topic "The Future is Running Round - Circular Economy as an Opportunity for Germany as a Business Location" on October 23, 2019 in Berlin.

Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein from the Global Food Summit will take part in the conference and give an impulse statement in the workshop "Circular Economy/Nutrition".


Together with our speakers Dr. Ousmane Badiane from the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, DC, Prof. Dr. Dr. Christian Ulrichs from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Dr. Ariane Krause from Leibniz-Institut für Gemüse- und Zierpflanzenbau (IGZ) in Großbeeren, Dr. Frank Thiemann from Evonik Industries AG and Sebastian Cerone from Less Industries, Australia, we look forward to welcoming you at Science Week in Berlin with our own panel discussion on "Foodtropolis: Urban. Circular: Food".

Visit us on November 6 from 6 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. at the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin. Admission is free.


acatech HORIZONTE - Sustainable Agriculture: What will it look like in the future?

Discussion panel in Munich


Resource-saving innovations are necessary to secure our food supply in the future. 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 Münchner Künstlerhaus on 3 December 2019.

In addition to an impulse lecture on the subject of „The robo farmer on the indoor field“, our Head and Founder Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein will also take part in the panel discussion. Together with Hans-Georg Frede, acatech HORIZONTE Projektgruppenleiter, Universität Gießen, Stefan Köhler vom Bayerischer Bauernverband, Bezirksverband Unterfranken und Andreas Möller von Trumpf GmbH + Co. KG, he will discuss the topic "What does sustainable agriculture mean and how can it succeed?


We are pleased to present the following speakers who have already accepted our invitation to the Global Food Summit 2020:

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Prof. Klaus Josef Lutz

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Institution: BayWa AG

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Thema: Innovation and Agriculture

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Position: CEO

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Prof. Eveline van Leeuwen

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Institution: Wageningen University, Netherlands

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Thema: The role of SDGs in a circular food economy

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Position: Professor of Urban Economics

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Dr. Susanne Kadner

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Institution: German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)

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Thema: Global-Panel - A Roadmap to a Global Circular Economy

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Position: Head of office Circular Economy Initiative


Pre-Event WalkTheTalk at the BayWa Headquaters in Munich

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At our pre-event WalkTheTalk, start-ups, companies, associations and scientists have the opportunity to present their disruptive concepts and latest research results to an exclusive audience.

On 24 March 2020, BayWa will again provide us with a room for this purpose at its headquarters in Arabellastraße in Munich, enabling us and our guests to discuss and network over the rooftops of Munich.

The WalkTheTalk is for invited guests only.

Nutrition of the Future: A Marketplace for Start-ups in Munich

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Picture caption: Dr. Georg Schirrmacher, Director of EIT Food: "Concerning healthy nutrition and new techniques, we want to offer a platform with a great publicity to young and upcoming projects and companies to help them find important partners in Europe."

New trends in nutrition could be watched and tested at the first "Food Marketplace". The nutrition platform of the European Union, the European Institute for Innovations and Technology (EIT Food), had invited to Munich.
EIT Food, with its German headquarters at the Technical University in Freising (small university town close to Munich), invited 25 start-ups from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Products, inventions and innovations for the food production were presented on a marketplace. Visitors to the marketplace were able to invest into the various start-ups with a virtual currency. The winner of the competition with the highest virtual investment was then awarded in the evening. The young company is „Air up GmbH“ from Munich.

The idea of ​​the young inventors: a bottle from which mineral water has to be sucked by means of a straw, while in the lid of the reusable bottle exchangeable small aroma sponges "pretend" a taste. CEO and founder Jannis Koppitz: "While you suck through the straw and drink at the same time, our palate communicates the mix then as the taste. Thanks to the replaceable aroma sponges, this can be anything from mango to lime to cucumber. "In the future, drinks will not have to contain any additives, harmful additives or even sugar, just a little bit of a completely natural flavor."

Get more information about the event here

The Food Technology Challenge – Do you love the challenge?

The government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) launched a Food Technology Challenge. The seven month challenge started at the end of September and is the worlds largest food security program. It will award four winners who can find solutions to the agricultural and food sectors through food value chains with a shared prize money of one million dollars.

“The Food Technology Challenge will open prospects for regional and international cooperation to create a unified vision on global food security. We look forward that the UAE will be at the heart of this vision, as achieving food security is a main pillar for development sustainability,” His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai said and continued: “We have to invest in qualified cadres and scientific expertise to find innovative and exceptional solutions to develop a sustainable agricultural system. We welcome global expertise and creative minds in the UAE and entire world, to be part of the food technology challenge.”

Find out more about the challenge here

The start-up competition NEXT LEVEL 2019:
The crowdfunding competition is running

The Food Start-up competition Next Level! 2019, which StartinFOOD organizes together with our board member Cluster Nutrition Bavaria, is now in full swing:

Since the end of September, the start-ups have been collecting money for the first part of the competition, the Crowdfundig Challenge. Smartmehl Glutenfree is currently in 1st place, followed by Essbare Löffel and Knärzje. Over 70,000 euros have already been raised. The Vegablum team was the first to achieve its funding goal.

This phase of the competition is particularly exciting for us, as we will nominate the best start-up from the crowdfunding competition for our own start-up competition.
This gives this start-up the opportunity to present itself on the homepage of the Global Food Summit, at WalkTheTalk and at the Summit itself and to make many top-class contacts. It also has the chance to become a finalist for the Global Food Summit People's Choice Award.

Further information about the StartinFOOD competition and the Nutrition Cluster can be found here

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

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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.

Read the article here
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