BLE: National Dialogue on Food Systems

June 28, 2022

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(from left to right): Dr. Nina Wolff (digital), Carola Sandkuehler, Prof. Dr. Martin Smollich, Anna Lena Klapp, Dr. Hanns-Christroph Eiden, Eva Bell, Dr. Hanna Augustin (digital), Dr. Margareta Büning-Fesel, Nadine Kreutzer, Stephanie Wunder, Dr. Philipp Stierand, Prof. Dr. Nina Langen, Valentín Thurn © BLE

Act now: Increase the proportion of plants in our diet.

“For many years we have not had a knowledge problem, but rather an implementation problem when it comes to nutrition in our society,” experts from various disciplines unanimously affirmed on June 22, 2022 in the framework of the National Dialogue on Systems of Nutrition. A higher proportion of plants in the diet promotes health, protects natural resources and the climate, and helps provide food for the world’s growing population. More than 400 participants followed the exchange and discussed digitally. The event was again broadcast live from Dahlem’s domain in Berlin.

“Change is a process. Our food is a task for society as a whole, which must involve all actors from the field to the plate”, summarizes Dr. Hanns-Christoph Eiden, President of the Federal Agency for Food and Agriculture (BLE) and Head of the National Dialogue on Food Systems. Silvia Bender, Secretary of State for the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), emphasized in her opening message that almost all countries are affected by malnutrition or malnutrition. The consumption of healthy, sustainable and seasonal foods should be facilitated.

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A holistic approach (food system thinking) is important

“The enormous importance of a more plant-based diet is recognized in science and policy, but until now has not been adequately supported with concrete measures,” emphasized Stefanie Wunder of the Ecologic Institute, who provided an overview of past approaches to nutritional policy strategies. in Germany. And this is a special opportunity and challenge, especially in view of the national nutrition strategy announced by the federal government for 2023.

It is important to integrate other nutrition policy issues into the discussion and bring all relevant actors around the table, for example civil society associations and those affected by food poverty. All relevant ministries must be involved from the outset and support must be provided at the highest political level. According to Wunder, a holistic approach (Food System Thinking) takes into account all the dimensions of sustainability, as well as the connections between the various aspects and fields of action.

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Create a fair food environment

dr Margareta Büning-Fesel, director of the Federal Center for Nutrition (BZfE) at the BLE, emphasized that all those responsible must make their contribution. Responsibility cannot be left to individual consumers. We must think about fair food environments. In her conclusion, Eva Bell, head of the “Consumer Health Protection and Nutrition” department at BMEL, focused on the feasibility of the nutrition strategy at the national level, which should be ready by the end of 2023. This is being preparing intensively and is also based on participation and dialogue.

they were invited: Nutritionist Prof. Dr. Martin Smollich representing the Nutrition Coalition, Dr. Nina Wolff of Slow Food Germany for the initiative “Ernahrungswende anacken now!”, filmmaker and nutrition activist Valentin Thurn (including “Taste the Waste “), Anna-Lena Klapp of ProVeg e. V., the sociologist Dr. Hanna Augustin (City of Bremen), Prof. Dr. Nina Langen of the Technical University of Berlin, the developer Dr. Philipp Stierand for “Kantine Zukunft Berlin” and Carola Sandkühler, who participated in the development of the Lower Saxony nutrition strategy for the Lower Saxony Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection.

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Did you miss the live broadcast?

The recording of the event will be immediately available at Dialog boosts and further background information are now available on the platform’s dialog board: Everyone is invited to contribute comments, ideas and questions on the topic.

The synopsis of the Ecologic Institute “Food policy strategies to promote plant-based diets in Germany” can be downloaded here: FSS_Themen-4-and-5_plant-based_220609.pdf


The event is part of the National Dialogue on Sustainable Food Systems in the context of the UN Food Systems Summit. This is administered by the Federal Agency for Food and Agriculture on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture.

Stakeholders from agriculture and the food industry, science, administration and civil society have the opportunity to network directly on the platform and develop solutions for sustainable food systems in Germany. The results flow into the political work of the federal government on the 2030 Agenda and the achievement of the 17 sustainability goals and the United Nations World Summit on Food Systems (UN FSS).

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