From upheaval to departure – for sustainable, more climate-friendly and future-proof agriculture: The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) focuses on the transformation of the agri-food industry at the International Green Week Berlin 2023 (20.-29.1.) in Hall 23a. The BMEL shows how conversion can be designed on theme islands that range from future-proof animal husbandry to sustainable nutrition. Central to this: Think and experience sustainable transformation in contexts.
In Hall 23a there are theme islands in the following areas:
Climate protection and sustainability
Agriculture not only provides for our food, but can also contribute to climate and species protection. Visitors can find out how this works and how sustainability can be promoted in agriculture on this theme island. The example of legumes – an old and new superfood – shows the potential of peas, field beans and lupins for sustainable and climate-friendly agriculture. A comparison of agriculture then and now interactively illustrates how technical innovations help conserve resources and reduce environmental impact. It also shows how each hectare of forest protects the climate and provides animals and plants with a rich habitat. In practical terms, visitors can learn here why peat-free gardening is good for the climate and how it can protect moors.
In Hall 27, the BMEL also presents initiatives and projects from rural areas on climate protection and climate adaptation under the motto “Together.Land.Designing – Meeting the climate crisis”. Visitors can find out about the variety of possibilities with which villages and associations actively combat the climate crisis. In exchange with the active people on the Rural Campus, they can receive suggestions for their own community.
Here everything revolves around biodiversity in the agricultural landscape in its different facets: Visitors learn why weeds or insects are also important for agriculture and how artificial intelligence can help to maintain and improve biodiversity in fields and in the forest. In addition, insect-friendly plants are presented, with which everyone can contribute to promoting biodiversity at home. At an organic farming stand, farmers explain why organic farming has positive effects on biodiversity. Visitors can also taste organic products.
Future-proof animal husbandry
In order to make agricultural animal husbandry in Germany future-proof, the conversion of animal husbandry is at the top of the BMEL agenda. In Hall 23a, approaches for more animal welfare in agricultural animal husbandry are presented – from stables to transport to slaughter. For example: How much space does a pig need to feel comfortable? Guests can find out what constitutes animal welfare in pigs and how to measure it. With VR glasses, visitors can virtually experience a cowshed and get to know digital assistance systems in cattle farming. If you want, you can also be part of a model at the birth of a calf.
Enjoy instead of throwing away – and thus actively combat food waste. According to this motto, helpful tips are given on how visitors can make their consumption more sustainable – also in cafeteria, canteen and Co. In a quiz, guests can test their knowledge about shelf life, storage, best before and use-by date of food. Practical tips show here how every consumer can contribute to conserving resources and also their own wallet. Interactively, you can also find out here about how to eat healthy vegetarian food. In cooking workshops, visitors can learn about the energy value of various dishes.
Agriculture & the right to food worldwide
New Food Systems – visitors can find out here what food systems of the future could look like in order to realize the right to adequate food worldwide. A selection of bilateral cooperation projects of the BMEL, for example in Ethiopia or India, shows how partnership-based aid and knowledge transfer can strengthen agriculture in the global south.
In addition, interested visitors can get an idea of the possibilities offered by the BMEL as an employer.
The BMEL informs visitors at Green Week about the transformation of the agri-food industry. Photo: gruenewoche.de
About the International Green Week
The International Green Week Berlin is one of the most traditional trade fairs in Germany and one of the best-known events in Germany. Founded in 1926 in Berlin in the Golden Twenties, it is unique as the leading international trade fair for food, agriculture and horticulture. Exhibitors from all over the world present an extensive range of products on ten days of events. In addition, the IGW provides a stage for current social issues such as climate protection, circular economy, resource conservation and sustainable land use. From 20th to 29th January 2023, the 87th Edition of the Green Week. The IGW is the starting point for the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA for short). The GFFA is the leading international conference on central future issues of the global agriculture and food industry. The highlight is the meeting of over 70 agricultural ministers.
About Messe Berlin
Berlin has been a trade fair location for 200 years, one of the most important in the world for many decades. As a state-owned trade fair company, Messe Berlin designs, markets and organizes hundreds of live events every year. The aim is to be an outstanding host to visitors at all events, to give the best possible business impulses and to ensure fair conditions for everyone. This self-image is reflected in the company motto: Messe Berlin – Hosting the World.