When the mood was still lively: Chancellor Angela Merkel with cheese at Green Week 2013
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Green Week 2022 is canceled.
This was announced by the organizers of the agricultural and food fair.
The reason is the high corona incidences.
The fair should have taken place in Berlin in eight weeks from January 21, 2022.
In 2021 the fair took place online.
It was planned to reopen the event to visitors on site for the next year.
They should have provided proof of 2G (vaccinated or recovered).
In view of the force of the current corona wave with ever new record numbers, the decision was made against this plan.
»The International Green Week thrives on encounters, on trying out, discovering and tasting.
Given the given conditions such as masks and distances, the expectations of our visitors to the Green Week cannot be met, «said exhibition project manager Lars Jaeger.
The Berlin Senate decided on Tuesday to link 2G with a mask requirement.
It was only on Wednesday that Schleswig-Holstein canceled its trade fair appearance in Berlin because numerous companies and organizations had canceled Schleswig-Holstein's hall, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers' Association.
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Before Corona, the Green Week regularly attracted around 400,000 visitors.
With tens of thousands of food and beverages from all over the world, hundreds of animals and plants, the fair is the most important showcase for the agriculture and food industry.
Horticulture is also represented.
More than 1800 providers from more than 70 countries were present at the last presence edition in 2019.
A political event - including protests
The fair is also a political start to the year.
Experts and politicians discuss questions of agriculture and nutrition there in numerous congresses, forums, panels and seminars.
For years, critics of the modern food industry have also used the fair as a podium.
According to the organizers, around 27,000 people took part in the "We're fed up!" Demonstration in 2020, which calls for a faster implementation of the agricultural transition.
The next Green Week is now planned for January 20-29, 2023.
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