Do we want to do what we can do?
Discussion & Roundtable. 2 – 3.50 pm
Our way of producing food must become more sustainable. This can only be achieved with new approaches, as circumstances have never been like this before. A reorientation can only succeed with a whole set of solutions. One possible approach is more precise breeding with genome editing.
Whether this new technology can contribute to greater sustainability in agriculture depends on a number of external factors: For which agricultural practice is it used? What about consumer acceptance? Finally, the question is how it will affect Europe and its place in the world if technology becomes standard in other countries.
Discussion. 2 – 3 pm
- Prof. Dr. Peter Breunig, Host. Teaches Marketing and market theory at Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf and runs his parents farm. read more
- Gerd Schonder. Farmer and CEO at BG Neuhof GmbH&Co KG. read more
- Dr. Julia Diekämper. Is leading the project “Zukunft Mensch” at the Berlin Museum for Natural Science, funded by the Volkswagenstiftung. read more
- Dr. Markus Niessen, molecular biologist and the grouplead of the molecular technologies department of KWS SAAT SE & Co. KGaA. read more
- Urs Niggli, Director of the research institute for organic agriculture (FiBL) in Frick, teaches at ETH Zurich. read more
Roundtable. 3.10 – 3.50 pm
- Dr. Lisa-Marie Braune, Host. KWS SAAT SE, responsible for a corn breeding program in China and the development of new varieties for the early Chinese market . read more
Articles on the subject and interviews with our speakers:
Interview with Prof. Dr. Dr. Urs Niggli, FiBL
The FiBl Director sees agriculture facing a tremendous task
How do genetic engineering and sustainable agriculture fit together? Prof. Urs Niggli, Director of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Frick and lecturer at ETH Zurich, believes that genetic engineering offers great opportunities: As a society, we have to talk about the potential of genetic engineering for plant breeding as well as its risks.
Interview with Ruud van den Bulk, Wageningen University
No future without risk: genetic engineering must be used carefully
We have to use technologies like CRISPR carefully, says Ruud van den Bulk, Wageningen University, in an interview with Farm and Food 4.0. Companies and institutes are looking to Brussels these days. Researchers and developers expect the next European Parliament to make genetic research and the application of its results somewhat easier.
Decoding microbial interactions
Interview with Adrián Ferrero, Biome Makers
Biome Makers has literally become part of the agriculture cycle. Their technology allows measuring crop health and functional biodiversity by using DNA sequencing and intelligent computing. The results enable farmers to make better decisions regarding crop selection and usage of fertilizers. Their partner Alltech is offering the matching crops. Continue reading
An overview of the entire program including times, speakers and topics can be found here:Programme 2020