Following the slams, the international audience decided who would be awarded the GFFA Science Slam – Trophy 2023. The award ceremony was held by our Federal Minister Cem Özdemir.
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We are most delighted to note that the 2023 GFFA Science Slam has been met with such keen interest and we are grateful for the applications we received from all around the world. We have selected the following five candidates out of a large pool of applicants:
In times of major crises affecting our supply chains and threatening the life of thousands we need to use the resources we have as efficiently as possible while at the same time having as little impact on the environment as possible. Creating a crises-proof food system shows the need for more sustainable supply chains and reducing food losses and waste will play a major role towards this. But before we know where and also how to effectively reduce food waste, we need a realistic baseline. Together we will dive into the food waste amounts on retail level in Germany and see how these amounts can be measured in practice and how food waste can be effectively reduced.
As part of my research, I am in the process of understanding the performance of black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens) larvae fed on agricultural side-streams. The ability of the larvae in converting organic wastes into valuable protein and fat gave them huge popularity. In my slam, I would explain the challenges and the methodologies used to solve unanswered questions in this emerging field of insects as food and feed.
We’ll go on a trip down the supermarket aisle to explore some of the key interconnected challenges that face our food system and the many resources on which it depends. We will then fly across the world to discover the root causes to food insecurity and the compound shocks that face food supply chains, highlighting the need for cross-sectoral and international cooperation. Making our food systems more sustainable and resilient will look different in various contexts; therefore, co-creating contextualized responses to food system transformation, need to be done with stakeholder holders representing the different interconnected sectors, including our farmers, who are at the forefront of responding to many of these challenges and shocks.
Is it possible that food- something which gives so much joy and comfort in different setups is actually contributing to the death of many people in the world? We will explore how unhealthy diets are contributing to the rising prevalence of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in the world by drawing lessons from South Africa. Unhealthy diets and malnutrition are among the key drivers of NCDs and are directly related to food system inequities which restrict the ability of some people to access healthy food and make unhealthy foods the cheaper, easier option, and thus making them more susceptible to NCDs. I highlight the food system inequities in South Africa, their root causes and the opportunities and challenges of transitioning to more equitable food systems. I conclude that equitably transforming how food is produced, processed, marketed, and consumed is key in tackling NCDs especially in South Africa where there is a double burden of malnutrition.
Photo: Stormy Mildner