In many parts of the world, agriculture has been marked by increased productivity. And yet, that alone has not been enough to eradicate hunger globally.
There's also been a backlash against the external environmental impact of conventional agriculture, leading to powerful movements in favor of organic and sustainable farming.
From seeds, chemicals and agribusiness companies, to big food corporations and your local supermarket - A very small number of huge companies control the bulk of global food production - at the expense of consumers and smallholder farmers. A new report just published by several German NGOs, called the Corporate atlas, exposes these interconnections and calls upon politicians to act.
The growing dominance of international conglomerates in the food and farm industries has been documented by German researchers and journalists. Their "Corporation Atlas 2017" calls for tighter anti-monopoly controls.
Eating local food is becoming increasingly popular, with regional products even being dubbed the "new organic." DW reporter Kiyo Dörrer tried out eating strictly local for a week - and made some surprising discoveries.