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Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein

Dear friends of the Global Food Summit,

It was something exceptional to dive deep into the world of the Mesozoic for one evening. The Global Food Summit on 6 November 2019 was represented at the Berlin Science Week for the first time, among dinosaurs in Berlin's Museum of Natural History. And as another first, we brought food topics to this unique scientific environment.

We are still overwhelmed by the success: Almost 250 listeners wanted to hear our lectures on "Foodtropolis. Urban.Circular.Food", and more than 170 guests accepted our invitation to come to the "Unter Sauriern Museum at Night". They were welcomed by Hans-Joachim Fuchtel, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, and by Prof. Ina Schieferdecker, Head of Department in the Ministry of Education.

We are taking a great leap, from once upon a time, into the future: There are very few people who already had a fresh red tomato in their hands in outer space. Alexander Gerst, our German astronaut, is one of them. When he did, he tweeted overjoyed from the International Space Station ISS: " ... Unbelievably delicious, I could literally taste the earth!"

In 2014, this tomato was transported to Alexander Gerst with the Progress capsule. Fresh, natural food and space doesn't have to be a contradiction. Already in 2015, the American astronaut Scott Kelly was able to bite into the first space salad, grown on the ISS, i.e. Controlled Environment Agriculture.

We know from studies that consumers are very willing to eat fresh and "sustainably" and that more than 50 percent of the German population want to try new products from indoor farming or insect protein, but also farmed meat or vegetable meat substitutes.

With these innovations, we are at the brink of an enormous transformation process towards a circular and sustainable food production based on artificial intelligence. Circular means using waste materials as a new source of raw materials. In the future, food waste from gastronomy or by-products from beer, wine and coffee production can be processed into valuable substances and used as fertilizer, animal feed or energy supplier.

We will have to do much persuading to take consumers into the sustainable and circular future of nutrition.

If you want to discuss these topics with us, register now for the Global Food Summit in March next year in Munich. The early bird discount is valid until the end of November. 

Yours Unterschrift Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein



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

The next acatech Horizons event will focus on sustainable agriculture. One possibility is a closed cycle economy. However, this requires cooperation between different disciplines with scientific and entrepreneurial collaboration. Will this complexity prevent consumers from accepting the closed-loop economy?

The model of circular agriculture aims to keep production losses as low as possible. These new networks must develop primarily between producers and disposers - not necessarily with consumers.
For the consumer and responsible consumption, it is more important to know whether the food has been produced sustainably - which is the aim of the circular-flow economy. Sustainable consumption is not always beeing lived yet, but problems are being discussed publicly and many consumers are already sensitized. These include the fact that current agriculture and food production are associated with a substantial environmental impact. In addition to the greenhouse gas production, this also includes biodiversity loss and nitrate-polluted groundwater due to widespread fertilizer use.
The circular-flow economy can help here. It would provide the missing link between agriculture, horticulture, and livestock breeding, supplemented by the use of residual flows from the food chain. For example, using liquid manure and crop residues as fertilizers or processing Insects bred on food scraps into animal feed. The production of food could thus be more sustainable.
The responsibility of consumers in a circular agriculture does not go far beyond what is already known. The focus is on consuming the highest quality of food while avoiding food waste as far as possible. Currently, private households generate 52 percent of all food waste. Reducing this waste is a huge lever.

Read the full interview here  

News of the Month

"Unter Sauriern": Der Global Food Summit at the 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. 

Read the full article here


Upcoming Events


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

Discussion panel in Munich


On December 3, 2019, the time has come: The presentation of acatech's publication HORIZONS on "Sustainable Agriculture", accompanied by a discussion event, will take place in cooperation with the Global Food Summit at 5 p.m. in the Künstlerhaus in Munich.

In addition to a keynote lecture on "The Robo Farmer on the Indoor Field", Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein, Head and Founder of the Global Food Summit, will also take part in the panel discussion. With Hans-Georg Frede, acatech Horizons project group leader, University of Gießen, Stefan Köhler from the Bavarian Farmers' Association, District Association of Lower Franconia, and Andreas Möller from Trumpf GmbH + Co. KG.
Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein will discuss the topic "What does sustainable agriculture mean and how can it succeed?

Register for the HORIZONS event here: www.acatech.de/termin/acatech-horizonte-nachhaltige-landwirtschaft-wie-kann-sie-in-zukunft-aussehen/

Global Food Summit on the Move


Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein gives an impulse statement on the topic of "Future of Food"

Once a year, Evonik Industries AG invites to the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities for a talk. The topic on October 23, 2019, was "The Future is Running Round - Circular Economy as an Opportunity for Germany as a Business Location.

An impulse statement on the topic "Future of Food" by Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein introduced the workshop "Circular Economy/Nutrition". Another member of our board of trustees, Professor Martina Schraudner from acatech, was also part of this Event. We thank EVONIK for the invitation.



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

Bill Bien

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Institution: Signify ( ehemals Philips)

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Thema: Lighting for Food

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Position: CEO Agricultural Lighting

Thomas Brück

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Institution: BBSI Canada Ltd.

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Thema: No Waste to Waste 

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Position: Vice President

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Dr. Ariane Krause

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Institution: Leibniz-Institut für Gemüse- und Zierpflanzenbau (IGZ) e.V

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Thema: Human Excreta in the Agricultural Cycle

Dr. Andy Zynga

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Institution: European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT)

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Thema CiInnovation and Education for a Competitive EU

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Position: CEO


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Early Bird Tickets available until November 30, 2019

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Cucumbers in Space

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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? Not a trivial question, even if feeding astronauts isn't as media effective as spectacular rocket launches, it is still rocket science.
The German Aerospace Center (DLR) has an answer to this question. With their "Eden-ISS Project", DLR researchers in Bremen have developed a greenhouse system which, after a one-year test run in Antarctica, has now been found to be space-compatible. With its help, space travelers could be supplied not only with their "conventional" astronaut food but also with fresh vegetables that are produced without soil and under artificial light.

DLR scientist Dr. Paul Zabel spent a year as a gardener in the eternal ice. "In the space of nine and a half months, we produced a total of 268 kilograms of food on just 12.5 square meters, including 67 kilograms of cucumbers, 117 kilograms of lettuce and 50 kilograms of tomatoes," reported Zabel at the presentation of his results in August.

Building on this, the Eden scientists have designed a new space greenhouse. It can be shot into space with a rocket and then deployed, for example, on the ISS. It has a cultivation area of 30 square meters and is thus almost three times the size of the test container in Antarctica. "With this system, around 90 kilograms of fresh food can be grown per month, which corresponds to half a kilogram of fresh vegetables per day per astronaut with six astronauts present," explains Eden-ISS project manager Dr. Daniel Schubert.

However, the Eden-ISS project does not only serve space travel. The growing world population and climate change demand new ways to cultivate crops in climatically unfavorable regions. For example, a closed greenhouse enables harvests in desert areas and regions with low temperatures that are independent of weather, sun and season, and require less energy, water and pesticides.

Further information at DLR Eden ISS:


Circular Economy - Knowledge is also Divisible

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Ecological management has long ceased to be a chic trend and is now a sheer necessity. The magic word is "Circular Economy". According to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), cities play a particularly important role in the implementation of the Circular Economy (CE) in a world in which half of humanity lives in cities and in which mega-conglomerates are responsible for 80 percent of greenhouse gas emissions and 50 percent of global waste. To help identify and unleash the potential of CE, the OECD has launched its program, the OECD Programme on the Economics and Governance of Circular Economy in Cities and Regions, under the motto "Knowledge is divisible".

The program rests on three pillars: Measuring, learning, sharing.

- A framework of measurable indicators will be developed to assess and decide on CE strategies.
- At different levels, cities and regions learn to identify challenges and opportunities of CE.
- Through cooperation at eye level, knowledge and practical experience are shared and made available to all participants.

The OECD has taken a closer look at 31 cities and three regions around the world that are already involved in the Circular Economy at different stages. The OECD is currently engaged in an intensive dialogue with four cities: Valladolid and Granada in Spain, Groningen in the Netherlands and Umea in Sweden.
The coordinator of the OECD program is Dr. Oriana Romano. She will explain the project at the next Global Food Summit in March 2020 in Munich.

Get more information here

Start-ups: Think new - Act differently 

You have THE innovative idea for THE sustainable food of the future? Take part in the competition for the audience award of the Global Food Summit (GFS). On 25 and 26 March 2020, the time has come again. At the Global Food Summit in Munich, decision-makers from science, business and politics will vote on the young company that they believe will best contribute with its disruptive and sustainable concept to achieving the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

In the first step, you need to be recommended by a sponsor or a scientific partner. After a successful recommendation, the application documents about your company and its product must be submitted to the Global Food Summit by 20 December 2019.

By the end of January, the jury will nominate eight finalists, who will then be able to face the judgment of the GFS participants in the Munich Residence in March.

The competition for the JRC Audience Award is an excellent opportunity for start-ups from the food sector, sponsors from science and industry, to draw attention to themselves and win partners for further work.

Find detailed information here
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