The Global Food Summit 2019, supported by the Bavarian government, will take place in Munich on March 20-21.
“Milk without cows, meat without cattle and greens without soil – the agriculture of the future won’t take place in sheds or on fields, but in urban nutrition laboratories in the heart of our cities. Sounds like science fiction, but is already reality. Even in Germany.
Shrimp cultured in saltwater tanks in Munich, bug burgers from Osnabrück or tomato-fish from aquaponic-systems in Berlin, are examples for the radical change in urban food production. “We are modern farmers. Our fields are right in the heart of the city.” This is the credo of new, urban ‘farmers’; the city fishermen, the urban farmers or the urban livestock breeders. There backgrounds are not necessarily farming, but biotechnology, IT specialists or university students focusing on sustainable development goals. America ranks with 3 billion US Dollars second in investments in the biotechnology sector.
The urban sustainability discussion on soil, light, water, fertiliser or health is influenced more and more by new methods and technologies. The way nature or farming is perceived will reach new dimensions in the light of urban farming and livestock. How does this change our perception of job profiles, nature and food?
Examples are the project Sunqiao in Shanghai or Saudi Arabia with its Neom-Project, a city the size of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern including the whole food supply. These developments are mainly driven by the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030. Do we need cultured meat or in house farmed vegetables, which promise perfectly save, sustainable and ethically correct standards? Will cities favor urban production to improve the ecological footprint?
You are invited to discuss the topic with outstanding scientists, CEOs, and politicians in the Munich Residency. Curators: Prof. David Zilberman, University of California, Berkeley, Prof. Justus Wesseler, Wageningen University, Dr. Simon Reitmeier, Cluster Ernährung Bayern and Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein.”
Early bird tickets are available until 30 November 2018.