The history of humanity and its cultivation systems show how urgent rethinking conventional food production is.

  • Six million years ago

    Hominidae populate the earth – a gathering society.

  • Three million years ago

    Climate cools down, the environment is changing. The forest disappears and humans start hunting – Invention of tools and food processing.

  • 11,000 years ago

    Climate is stabilizing and humans settle – Development of farming practices and stock breeding. World population increases rapidly.

  • 9,000 years ago

    During the Neolithic Age, tools for plowing are used for the first time. Productivity increases.

  • 200 years ago

    Living conditions deteriorate, hunger and pandemics spread. In 1798, Thomas Malthus describes a catastrophic scenario for further population growth.

  • 1752 – 1828

    Albrecht Daniel Thaer develops ideas for rational agricultural production – Science to fight the food crisis. Agriculture enters the university.

  • 19th century

    The industrial revolution leads to an increase in production and urbanization – living conditions in cities deteriorate – climate change begins. Temperature of Earth is rising.

  • 1960s

    Knowledge leads to the Green Revolution – Hybrids, plant nutrition, increasing harvests and qualities.

  • 1980s

    World's populations increases rapidly, monocultures dominate cultivation - hunger becomes concentrated, the distribution of resources is highly unequal. Adipositas is a global problem - hidden hunger of much higher importance.

  • 1990s

    Climate change and environmental degradation – reduced arable land - reduced biodiversity due to monocultures and hybrids, application of broadband insecticides and pesticides.

  • 2000

    Climate change, urbanization, hunger… – Sustainable Development Goals

  • 2015

    BMBF call for proposals: Agricultural Systems of the Future – Back to nature or high-tech approach?

  • 2016

    First ideas of the consortium: Future agricultural systems do not develop based on a revolution but an evolution: Smart Food Evolution.

  • 2023

    CUBES Circle as a new, sustainable production methods is investigated and supplements agriculture – connected, flexible, local...

  • 2028

    CUBES Circle finds it's place in the market – sustainable and socially accepted.

  • 2033

    CUBES Circle is further adapted to local needs and exported worldwide.

We believe that agricultural systems of the future must enable a sustainable, resource efficient and flexible production. A shift in basic technologies, as known from the industrial revolution (e.g. mobilization of fossil fuels), is not to be expected in the near future. Thus, agricultural progress cannot be based on revolutionary ideas alone, but will be generated by the diffusion of known technologies into the agricultural sector, with incremental adaptations and improvements. The agricultural system CUBES Circle combines both: newest technology as well as a consequent further development of established production methods and the consideration of sustainability criteria.