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07/29/2022 | Campus-Meldung

Kassel thesis for sustainable food industry awarded prize

Holistic nutrition, health and fairness: this is what the organic sector is committed to. To achieve this, the BioThesis is awarded for outstanding theses that deal with a sustainable transformation of the food industry - The best bachelor thesis 2022 comes from Kassel.

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Dr. Alexander Beck, Executive Director of the Association of Organic Food Producers (AöL e.V.), Prof. Dr. Maria Renate Finckh, Head of the Department of Organic Plant Protection at the University of Kassel, and Georg Saathoff at the award ceremony in Nuremberg.

The prize was awarded to Georg Saathoff, a graduate of the Department of Organic Agricultural Sciences at the University of Kassel. In his practice-oriented thesis, he investigates a separation trial of wheat-pea mixed crops for utilization for food purposes. Peas and wheat form an intelligent mixed crop for mutual benefit and to improve soil fertility. Research like this provides resilient structures and healthier soils, the jury judged. It also makes a major contribution to greater acceptance and courage to engage with newer cultivation methods and put them into practice.

The other winning theses addressed the question of the "true price" of milk, the willingness of customers to pay for organic food, and the quantification of emissions from animal-based foods.



Since 2013, the BioThesis has been awarded annually in Nuremberg for outstanding theses on solutions to ecological and sustainability issues. The best bachelor thesis receives prize money of 2,000€, the best master thesis of 3,000€. The research award is sponsored by the Tree of Life Foundation, BIOFACH, the Schweinsfurth Foundation, the Bündnis für enkeltaugliche Landwirtschaft and the Bioland Foundation.


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