2014 Dialogue Forums – Starving in the midst of abundance?

How can world hunger be defeated? Are we harming our health and the ecosystems?

Europe has in recent times experienced numerous food scandals - horse meat lasagne, the organic egg fraud and E. coli cucumbers were merely the tip of the iceberg. While food is thoughtlessly thrown away here in Germany and often everything revolves only around the question of quality, people in many parts of the world are starving. Experts emphasise that the world hunger crisis is not a question of quantity but rather a problem of distribution. In addition to this, the equilibrium of ecosystems is easily disturbed by increasing meat and fish consumption.

At the dialogue forums, well-known personalities from politics, science and industry answer the questions of our times and offer perspectives for the future. We look forward to enjoying highly interesting forums with you!

21 January 2014: Food for everyone - but how?

Food is becoming scarcer in many regions of the world. The reasons for this include growing populations, incorrect nutrition and the over-exploitation of agricultural areas. In industrial countries, tons of food are thrown away every day while in other regions people are dying of starvation. What is the world food situation at present? Which approaches are available to alleviate the distribution problem and raise the value of food again?

Tanja Gönner
Chair of the Management Board of the German Society of International Cooperation (GIZ), Bonn and Eschborn
Prof. Gunther Hirschfelder
Cultural scientist, University of Regensburg
Alexander Müller
Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Potsdam

Presenter:
Dr. Patrick Illinger, Science Editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung in Munich

11 February 2014: Savouring the seas – are we decimating the oceans?

The world's oceans are a huge source of nutrition, some nations nourish themselves almost entirely from fish. However, the rising demand for seafood and the associated exploitation are jeopardising global fish stocks. What role does seafood play? How is the protection of the seas prevented by political and economical interests? Can sustainable fishing really work?

Dr. Rainer Froese
Marine biologist at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel
Dr. German Jeub
Director of EU Policy and Fisheries, Federal Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Bonn
Dr. Iris Menn
Marine biologist, Greenpeace Deutschland e.V., Hamburg

Presenter:
Dr. Patrick Illinger, Science Editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung in Munich

25 March 2014: How "organic" is organic food?

Additives and chemicals are often added to foodstuffs to make them visibly more attractive and lengthen their shelf life. Many consumers do not want this and buy organic products. But how good is organic food in reality? Is it really more healthy or just more expensive? What statutory regulations are in place? "Beef on the label, horse on the plate" – food scandals have become almost part of daily life in Germany and other countries. What instruments are available for quality control?

Dr. Alexander Gerber
Chairman of Demeter e.V., Darmstadt
Udo Pollmer
Food chemist and book author, Gemmingen
Georg Schweisfurth
Ecology pioneer and book author, Glonn
Simon Tress
Organic cook and restaurant owner, Hayingen

Presenter:
Dr. Patrick Illinger, Science Editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung in Munich

3 April 2014: Starved  and stuffed – are we eating ourselves sick?

Food and health: what is the current situation? Obesity is on the rise, sugar has become a popular drug and the demand for fast food continues to grow. On the other hand, more and more people, particularly young people, suffer from eating disorders, anorexia and bulimia. Why have our eating habits changed so much? How can we succeed in leading a healthy life?

Prof. Hans Hauner
Director of the Else Kröner-Fresenius Centre for Nutritional Medicine at the Technical University of Munich
Prof. Helmut Heseker
President of the German Society for Nutrition (DGE), Bonn
Brigit Schramm
Nutritional science and home economics professional, dietary therapist, Hamburg
  
Presenter:
Dr. Patrick Illinger, Science Editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung in Munich

13 May 2014: Food – a pawn in the hands of speculators?

Food speculation has a massive influence on food prices. When the prices rise strongly, people suffer from hunger. When prices fall due to speculation, this plunges farmers into an existential crisis. How does food speculation work exactly? Which trends are becoming evident? Can speculation be controlled or even prohibited?

Dr. Thilo Bode
Managing Director of foodwatch e.V., Berlin
Bärbel Dieckmann
President of Deutsche Welthungerhilfe e.V., Bonn
Dr. Sabine Miltner
Group Sustainability Officer of Deutsche Bank AG, Frankfurt a. M.

Presenter:
Sebastian Herrmann, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich
22 May 2014: You are what you eat 
Many families lack a well-ordered eating culture. The demands made by work and the desire for more free time mean that the preparation of food is often neglected. Fast food and convenience foods are replacing a well-balanced diet.

Dagmar Freifrau von Cramm
Food Journalist and nutritional sciencetist, Freiburg
Prof. Hans Hauner
Director of the Else Kröner-Fresenius Centre for Nutritional Medicine at the Technical University of Munich
Georg Schweisfurth
Ecology pioneer and book author, Glonn

Presenter:
Sebastian Herrmann, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich

The second dialogue forum in May was jointly organised in partnership with the University Munich of Applied Sciences.

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