January 20, 2020
International Congress Berlin
Farm & Food 4.0

05. December 2019

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.

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27. November 2019

The online company ag.supply was referred to as the Amazon in the AgTech business. How does a founder see the start-up scene in Germany? Because what has been going on for a long time in other industries is rather unusual for farmers: buying working materials online is not exactly everyday business between stable and field. Even in 2019, the purchase and sale of agricultural products and inputs often still require complex, close personal relationships between farmers and suppliers that go back decades.

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19. November 2019

Already in the 70s the farmer Robert Rodale coined the term "regenerative organic farming" to distinguish himself from the idea of a purely "sustainable agriculture". Since then, pioneers such as Gabe Brown, Joel Salatin and Dr. Elaine Ingham have had a decisive influence on the movement. This article examines Regnerative Agriculture in Germany. Benedikt Bösel, speaker of the session, as well as other farmers and experts will have their say.

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30. October 2019

The nationwide demonstrations by farmers at the end of October provided new food for the debate on the definition of agriculture and its interpretation sovereignty. Who may decide? Who decides what is done? Here and there, in addition to accusations and accusations, forward-looking voices have also been heard. "Our concern is that politicians and responsible NGOs enter into dialogue with us and do not over our heads make decisions that are impracticable or miss the mark," explained the Trebbin Agricultural Cooperative in a statement published in the Favebook network. "(...) The permanent negative mood-make burdens us as people and stirs up anger and frustration in the profession." In an interview with Farm & Food, Dr. Rolf Sommer also calls for the start of a joint dialogue.

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09. October 2019

Cars replaced horses, petroleum replaced whales, tractors replaced oxen, telecommunications replaced carrier pigeons, fermentation replaced cows and pigs for insulin production. And despite its many shortcomings, plastic continues to take market share from leather. Wherever we look, humans have consistently built technologies that surpass their animal predecessors. Food may be next.

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