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A better future requires
knowledge from our past
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In the beginning there was earth.
Life on earth was a multifaceted network of living things exchanging nutrition and properties in a system of survival.
Life exists in an ecosystem, which is a community where plants, animals, and other organisms, as well as weather and landscape, work together
In our ecosystem, plants and animals have created a balance of give and take, burning up and exchanging energies.
Humans evolved out of this ecosystem and until
approximately 12,000 years ago, practiced hunting & gathering.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The environmental impact of agriculture spans soil, 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.
Humans however, are resilient and scientists around the world have invented new technologies to combat the crisis of
global warming. 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.
Because the FoodWorks e.V. here in Hamburg, founded in 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.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.
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