Special exhibition on the Sinsheim climate stage deals with food consumption

It only works hand in hand.

Verena Menz, Project Manager at DBU, in front of one of her favorite stations from the special exhibition “ÜberLebensmittel”. Photo: Elfi Hofmann Photo: Hofmann, Elfi

We are more and more on earth. Almost eight billion people are now busy on our planet. And more are being added every day. Everyone needs to eat so they don’t starve. But how does food get onto our plates? And what price does the environment pay for this? The new special exhibition “ÜberLebensmittel” at the Sinsheimer Klima-Arena deals with these questions. The 16 stations designed and made available by the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU) illuminate different aspects.

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“This is one of my favorite stations,” explains project manager Verena Menz during a tour, pointing to a small supermarket where you can find different types of fruit and vegetables, not real ones, of course. She reads barcodes with a scanner. A screen then shows whether or not buying bananas, apples and tomatoes is sustainable and climate-friendly. “Agriculture affects the climate and vice versa,” she says. Therefore, it is essential to find solutions together with farmers.

Bernd Welz, chairman of the board of directors of the Climate Foundation for Citizens, expects a change in this area. More compatibility with nature is the key word here. “Nutrition is highly relevant to climate protection,” says Welz. The greenhouse gas balance is eleven tons per person per year, 15 percent of which is related to nutrition. “The values ​​are even slightly higher than those of mobility.” Everyone makes decisions about what foods to eat every day. The individual lifestyle is crucial.

The engagement station is dedicated to the consumption of meat

Meat consumption in particular is a much-discussed topic. Most people know to cut back, because large amounts of roast beef and steak are not healthy for the body. On the other hand, a more plant-based diet would in turn protect the environment. The interactive station “Everything in the green area?” attentive. With a turntable, everyone can decide for themselves how they want to use their agricultural land.

“We don’t want to sponsor anyone with the exhibition or dictate anything to them,” says Verena Menz. It is crucial to take suggestions and implement one or another aspect in everyday life.

The 16 stations are set up in a playful and educational way. In one, visitors can find out what kind of diet they are, in another, where the edible fish come from and whether the production is sustainable. The exhibition in the climate arena can be visited until November 27.

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