Virtual Meeting April 2021

The food of the future –

Does the "Green Zero" solve our problems?



In her exciting talk, Sara Martin looked at the effects of climate change and how every one of us must contribute to a turn-around.  Climate change is a threat to us all. Ice masses are melting, permafrost is thawing and releasing enormous amounts of CO2.

 The consequences are dramatic: drinking water shortages, loss of biodiversity, weather changes, increasing illnesses, climate refugees and much more.

Germany emits about 2% of the world's greenhouse gases every year, although we only account for 1% of the world's population. What can we do? How can we manage to feed a world population of 11 billion people in a healthy way and at the same time keep the burden on the environment as low as possible?

In any case, green foods should be on the table:

  • Vegetables and fruit

  • Cereals: whole meal bread, rice, wheat

  • Unsaturated vegetable oils

  • Less meat products and less sugar!

But there are also many other aspects to consider: How does agriculture work, how does product manufacturing work, how are products packaged and how are they transported...?  So the key question is how can we achieve our goals?

Perhaps it includes companies using products from regenerative agriculture, showing greater interest in the way animals are kept, improving logistics in the direction of sustainability, aiming for emission-free production and offering a wider range of plant-based products.

Ms Martin's answer to the question of what we can do is: "We have to change our habits in the areas: how we eat, how food is produced and taking strong action to reduce food waste!

Consider plant-based or environmentally friendly alternatives from time to time? It doesn't have to be protein bars made from grasshoppers ground into flour, mueslis containing insect meal or grilled cockroaches.

In any case, Nestlé has set itself the goal: By 2025, emissions will be reduced by 20%; by 2030, they are to be halved; and by 2050 at the latest, emissions will be cut to 0.

It is good that many people have long since decided to eat consciously!


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