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Involved Institutes

The Think Tank Digitization was set up as a bridge between the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and the research institutions in its portfolio to address common challenges in the field of digitization. It pools know-how in the field of digitization, strengthens competences, analyzes digitization trends and identifies cross-institutional areas of tasks.

A balanced, healthy and safe food diet, clear and understandable consumer information, a strong and sustainable agriculture, forestry and fishery sectors are important goals of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). At the same time, the BMEL advocates for animal welfare, for achieving food security for the global population, and for rural development.

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment conducts research in the area of consumer health protection. It provides consultancy and advise related to the issues of food safety, product safety, contaminants in food chain and animal welfare.


The Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) is responsible for issuing permits and approvals of plant protection products, veterinary drugs and genetically modified organisms in Germany. It takes on a comprehensive management tasks and coordinates cooperation in areas of food and feed safety between the Federal Government, the Federal States and the European Union at various levels.


The German biomass research center (DBFZ) investigates how biomass can be used efficiently and permanently in the existing energy and material systems.


The central task of FLI is focused on farm animal health and welfare. This includes the prevention, diagnosis and control of animal diseases, as well as the improvement of animal feed nutrition and animal husbandry conditions. In addition, FLI has a task to conserve and use animal genetic resources.

The JKI works on improving the resilience and performance of cultivated plant production processes. It aims to minimize the negative impacts on environment and biodiversity, and to avoid adverse effects on human health.


The central task of Max Rubner Institute (MRI) is focused on consumer health protection research in the area of food and nutrition.

As a scientific federal research institute, in the responsibility area of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), the MRI on a scientific basis consults the federal government in food and nutrition issues.


Thünen Institute focuses its work on research and policy advice in the fields of sustainable agriculture, sustainable development of rural areas, wood, forestry and fishery sectors. Monitoring activities - for example in forests and seas and model based long term predictions - for example in agricultural sector are the building blocks of its work.


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