737312 Biomass and the global food system

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Krausmann, Fridolin
Offered in
Wintersemester 2022/23
Languages of instruction


Biomass is the basis of human nutrition and for some years now has also been under discussion (again) as a climate-neutral substitute for fossil materials and energy sources. About 75% of the global land area is used for the production of biomass and almost 40% of the world population still lives from agriculture. Biomass is a key societal resource and the question of how to feed a growing world population, increasingly using biomass as a raw material and energy source, and at the same time protecting the last remaining wilderness areas from cultivation, is of crucial importance for global sustainable development. Against this background, selected topics will be prepared, presented and discussed in the seminar in group work. Topics to be discussed include global food patterns, population development and food situation, bioenergy and biomaterials, green revolution, animal husbandry, soil fertility and limits of yield increase, new land grabbing.

Previous knowledge expected

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

After the successful completion of the course
- the students have a socio-ecological basic understanding of important aspects of the food system and the resource biomass.
- the students know the challenges and conflicting goals of a sustainable use of biomass as food and raw material.
- students are able to critically reflect on strategies for a sustainable use of biogenic resources.
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