On 21 January, the 8th annual Soup&Talk organized by 2000m2 Weltacker took place at the Heinrich Böll Foundation. The aim of this event was to warm up with hot soup and exchange ideas on existing approaches for the transformation of sustainable agriculture.
Lisa Hoffmann, the project coordinator, presented the project at the event. Can beans save the world? In any case, they and many other legumes such as peas, lentils, peanuts and lupins can provide excellent protein instead of meat and nitrogen instead of artificial fertilizers, and that’s why the Global Bean project exists.
What about the event?
Over good soup for all, grassroots and agro-policy initiatives, sustainable companies of all kind and activists from all over the world presented their big and small contributions to social and ecological change.
More than 30 international actors gave us a multimedia overview of their projects, success stories, struggles and ideas for fair and ecological food systems in workshops, films and 5-minute lectures – from Ukraine to Lützerath and Kassel to Iran and Brazil.
- The Stop Gene Drive campaign presented its contributions in a video followed by a 5-minute presentation. It called for a ban on the release of Gene Drive organisms, which are designed to genetically manipulate or eradicate entire populations of organisms in the wild.
- The Youth Council of the Weltacker presented its project and request to the Senate for a positive change in nutrition.
- Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V. and its partner organisations presented their commitment to a more nature-friendly and equitable agriculture to save Spain’s largest saltwater lagoon.
- Actress, writer, producer and director, Barbara Geiger told us how she develops and produces plays about local endangered animal species. She said: “Plucking the strings of the soul with the means of theatre, for more global justice“.
- José Padilla and Ana Lilia Castellanos told their story, which started with a nature-friendly seedling crop in Mexico and now reaches more than 500 government officials, 300 growers and 100 students, nationally and internationally!
Soup&Talk was the perfect opportunity to warm up with delicious soup and interesting discussions while listening to exciting agricultural policy initiatives, sustainable businesses and activists from around the world with their large and small contributions to the socio-ecological transition.