Nutrition – a Key Issue

In 2050, there will be around 9 billion people living on Earth. Limited arable land, climate change and distributive justice are pressing problems that seem almost insoluble, especially in times of wars and epidemics. Feeding the world’s population is already a huge challenge, but it will become even more critical in the future. Where people can decide on the type of food they eat, they are attaching greater importance to safe and healthy food, animal welfare and the preservation of biodiversity. What will sustainable food systems have to look like in the future to meet these demands? How can the global food situation be improved in the future? How do we ensure that the “One Health” idea is realized in terms of a general health approach? How can we take into account the requirements and needs of people, animals, plants and their environment?

Finding good solutions requires looking at the entire food network – from primary production to consumer behaviour. Large-scale innovation is needed, and people who can shape it are urgently sought.

This is where science – in close coordination with business and politics – is called upon to make an important contribution.

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Zentek
Speaker, Foodberlin