"What are we eating tomorrow?"

Student competition for political education 2023

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Screenshot »FOOD4FUTURE«: Schülerwettbewerb 2023

The student competition for political education, which has been advertised by the Federal Center since 1971, enables school classes to participate with creative projects on changing social topics. In November 2023, Food4future's theme was "What will we eat tomorrow?" interviewed.

"More and more people on our planet need to be fed. Even today, every inhabitant of our planet only has 2000 m² of space available to them. In addition, plants are grown to generate energy (e.g. rapeseed). This means that our current diet is becoming difficult our fields."

The students discussed the problem of the increasing world population and thus the higher demands on food production with limited space. They formulated questions about ecological aspects of nutrition and communicated about alternatives. Questions about the future of our sustainable diet were discussed during interviews. It was about the problems in food production and also about corresponding political measures. The student competition for political education, with around 60,000 students participating each year, evaluates the best entries and awards prizes.

The student project from the European School in Munich that we supported was selected from a total of more than 1.900 projects and won a prize of 150 €. Congratulations, we are really happy about this result and hope to be able to inspire other school groups with our future food.

Other interesting topics in the 2023 student competition for political education were:

  • Too young to get involved politically?
  • Animal protection, first top, then abandoned!
  • Boy or girl?!
  • Sign language when subtitles are missing in everyday life!?
  • Civil disobedience for climate protection: How far can protest go?
  • News for children or gender brings it...!?

An excerpt from the many great questions that Prof. Dr. Monika Schreiner answered in the interview:

How can we grow food in a space-saving manner? And do such replacement products have a future? Why have insects not yet established themselves as food in the Western world and what does it take? What challenge needs to be overcome so that the production of food from the sea, e.g. algae and jellyfish, is also possible inland? What measures can politicians take to ensure food security in the future? What role does politics play in feasibility? Has enough already been done? Does the food meet the criteria for global justice (production, processing, trade)? What influence can every consumer actually have?