Global population growth, climate change, changing consumer demands and the increase in diet-related illnesses, to name but a few factors, require a rethinking of food and nutrition: food systems must be designed to be sustainable. In the production of plants and animals, it is important to maintain production bases such as soil or water and animal welfare. Processing must be gentle and energy-efficient, residual products must be recycled and waste minimised. Producers should comply with these claims, but they should also be able to live on their work. This requires new business models.  Consumers are entitled to information on the origin and ingredients of foodstuffs in order to make informed decisions on which foodstuffs they buy. The power of the markets must not lead to producers no longer being able to live on their products and large parts of the world's population being underserved.

Science and research in Berlin/Brandenburg offer innovative approaches to improve existing systems.FoodBerlin's research groups cover the entire food value chain, for example:

  • Production basics such as soil, climate and biodiversity
  • Production methods in the fields of agriculture, animal health and horticulture
  • Food processing and marketing
  • Food as a factor in human and animal health
  • Food security (incl. justice issues)
  • Consumer behaviour, nutritional trends

Information on the current research activities of our members can be found here: