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"A better future requires knowledge from our past"

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The future of food is here.

LIFE

In the beginning there was earth.

Life on earth was a multifaceted network of living things exchanging nutritional values and properties in a system of survival.

Green Chameleon
Pink Blossom

In our ecosystem plants and animals have created a balance of give and take … burning up and exchanging energies.

 

Life exists in an ecosystem, which is a community where
plants, animals, and other organisms, as well as weather and
landscape, work together

 

 

HUMANS

Humans evolved out of this ecosystem and until
approximately 12,000 years ago, practiced hunting & gathering.

Anatomy Drawing

It was then that our hunter-gatherer ancestors began trying
their hand at farming. First, they grew wild varieties of crops
like peas, lentils and barley and herded wild animals like
goats and oxen.

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Christmas Tree Farm

FARMING

The Neolithic revolution brought agriculture, which made
denser human populations possible, thereby supporting city
development.The benefits of dense settlement included
reduced transport costs, exchange of ideas, sharing of
natural resources, large local markets, and in some cases
amenities such as running water and sewage disposal.

Photo By Susan Bowlus

 

POPULATION

The global population has grown from 1 billion in 1800 to 7.8
billion in 2020. It is expected to keep growing, and estimates
have put the total population at 8.6 billion by mid-2030, 9.8
billion by mid-2050 and 11.2 billion by 2100.

City Transprent

POPULATION

The global population has grown from 1 billion in 1800 to 7.8
billion in 2020. It is expected to keep growing, and estimates
have put the total population at 8.6 billion by mid-2030, 9.8
billion by mid-2050 and 11.2 billion by 2100.

INDUSTRIALIZATION

In order to feed a growing population, industrial farming was
born in the 1960’s. Factory farming is defined as the extreme
confinement of livestock for commercial use. Industrial
agriculture is the large-scale, intensive production of crops
and animals, often involving chemical fertilizers on crops or
the routine, harmful use of antibiotics in animals.

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Photo By Susan Bowlus

 

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

The environmental impact of agriculture involves a variety of
factors from soil, to water, air, people, plants, and the food
itself. Some of the environmental issues that are related to
agriculture are climate change, deforestation, dead zones,
irrigation problems, pollutants, soil degradation, and waste.

Paper Waste

NEW TECHNOLOGIES

Petri Dishes
Greenhouse

Humans however, are resilient and scientists around the
world have invented new technologies to combat the crisis of
global warming and the UN has created the Sustainable
Development Goals as a road map for innovators, politicians
and industries across the globe to invent new systems to
feed a growing global population without the adverse effects
on our ecosystem. This new concept should not only see to it
that agricultural land is used for sustainable farming but food
production and nutrient circulation in extended other areas.

 


From vertical farming to precision fermentation, from cultivated meat to carbon sequestration. There are many new methods with which we can reverse the damage due to our human existence.

Sunset in Hamburg

FUTURE FOOD CAMPUS

Because we here in Hamburg, at the Chamber of Commerce Committee for Innovation and Research, understand that we are at a pivotal point in history where we must reverse the

damaging effects of our food system, learn from nature, incorporate innovations with our modern technologies, and act by integrating  circular economy methods that allow us to produce healthy food without the harming effects to the planet.

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Photo By Susan Bowlus