|05.03.2023 : Sustainable Paper Production
For 16 years already in Germany the EHI Retail Institute together with GS 1 Germany sponsors at the EuroShop/EuroCIS Exhibition awards in the field of Applied Sciences to bridge the gap between Universities and Retail Business as well as to promote the image of retail. At EuroShop 2023 the Awards had been endowed with a total of 85.000 Euro and were split into the four categories Master-thesis, dissertation (PhD), best innovation project of a Retail University Chair, best Start-up.
One of the two awarded Start-ups is ecofibr , which is combining economic success and nature's integrity (ecology) in using the leaves of ananas plants after the ananas fruit-harvest to produce paper from the "leaves' waste". By this alternative paper production about 860.000 normal trees can be saved annually not having to be cut ." A win-win situation for waste-management by recycling materials and a saving of trees which are important against the global warming of the climate" Prof.Dr.B.Hallier stated " This is a wonderful case-study for our members of the Global Green University and should be penetrated in our Conferences or Sustainability Readers" Hallier concluded.
|24.12.2022 : Continuing Social Challenges
Based on own experiences in the Economic Crisis in 1826 in France and the July-Revolution of 1830 Henri Murger published in the period 1845-1849 his impressions of the life at the Quartier Latin in Paris under the title "Studies of the Boheme". In 1896 the composer Giacomo Puccini transformed the content of four of those essays into the opera "La Boheme": centered around X-mas in the Quartier Latin showing the social gap between the rich and the poor. After its first performance in Turin it was not only played at all Italian opera-houses but also in Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, London, St.Petersburg, Hamburg, Munich and in 1904 at the Semperoper in Dresden.
Visiting in December 2022 the present performance of "La Boheme" at the Semperoper in Dresden Prof.Dr.Hallier stated : "The Cholera of 1826 could be compared with Covid of today; also the economic disruptions have similar effects dividing the poor suffering by Wars, the global Climate Change, Migration,and problems of a disturbed Total Suppy Chain causing all together high energy costs and lack of cheap food and on the other hand the affluent rich in our Western society who increasingly suffer by obesity. 200 years after the experiences of H.Murger we see that we did not learn from the Wheel of History and are still not further in the 21st Century versus the 19th Century to optimize a peaceful Global House of Harmony within the triangle between Economics, Ecology and Ethics ! - Is it just enough under those circumstances to wish each other Merry X-mas and a Happy New Year ?" Hallier added.
|20.09.2022 : Losses & Waste
Analyzing Food Losses and -Waste the Consortium for Innovation in Post-Harvest Reduction is stating that 14 percent of food produced for human consumption are lost between the harvest and retail stages - and additional 17 percent are wasted on the way to consumers or by waste of them.
EuroCoop states reducing food waste along the value chain and within own operations is an integral part of Euro Coop membersí sustainability strategy, which translates to restructuring supply chains, optimising operations, establishing long-term partnerships, engaging consumers differently and more effectively. Being ethics-based, values-led and principled-driven food actors, consumer co-operatives utilise a distinct business model which converges social and environmental responsibility with economic viability.
|15.04.2022 : Two Tier Development
Discussing at the hybrid Nobel Fest in April 2022 in a session moderated by Prof.Dr.B.Hallier with the topic of how an agricultural revolution could feed the world two strategies contrasting each other in their philosophy and technology were developed : on the one hand the traditional small farmers with mixed /diversified crops and on the other hand technology-driven solutions for (partly) newcomers in the Agri-/AquaFarmBusiness.
While Helena Norberg-Hodge from Local Futures in Australia and Rajendra Uprety from Nepal presented development options based on local knowledge - Stuart Oda/China and Chee Wee Lee /Singapore explained success stories of technology driven solutions growing food at the point of sales like supermarkets or restaurants or using empty space of parking-garages or even skyscrapers. The Round Table agreed that a lot of the choice of preference will have to be fitted to the national situation of each country based on culture, development status and education. But for all countries there is a great demand for further knowledge exchange and benchmarks.
|20.03.2022 : Catalyst Nobel Fest
The Astana Economic Forum was profiling the independant Kazahkstan by creating an Eurasian Economic Scientists Association (EECA) , G-Global as an umbrella for all countries and a Team of Nobel Laureates participating at the annual events. Prof.Dr.B.Hallier became member of EECA and the G-Global Support Board . Just lately in March together with the 2007 Nobel Laureate Prof.Dr.R.Chung he was running an ERA-Webinar about the UN-Sustainability Goals 2030 (see: LINK) - and they will support also the Nobel Fest at Mid-April 2022.
A total of 12 Nobel Laureates from different disciplines and high ranking speakers from all around the globe will be involved in this hybrid activity. The input of the ERA-Webinar and a Memorandum of Understanding about Academic relations beyond any borders will be discussed at the Nobel Fest too (see also : (LINK )