So far, it has only found favour with around half of Germany’s textile retailers. “What is simply despicable is when businesses tell me, in times of digitisation, that traceability is not practicable,” Müller remarked in Berlin.

Innovations and technology transfer for food sovereignty

But coming back to agriculture, what do innovations have to look like to help produce and distribute enough food for a growing world population and – even better – achieve food sovereignty in the Global South? Disease-resistant, high-yielding seed is certainly one important factor. Nicolaus von Wirén, Head of the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology of the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) in Gatersleben/Germany, called for grasping the opportunities offered by new breeding methods. Conventional breeding would continue to exist in the future, but in today’s conditions in particular, it was often too slow. “Biological innovations such as genome editing could help to faster adapt local varieties to changes in agricultural conditions,” von Wirén maintained.