The Federal Centre for Nutrition (BZfE)

The Federal Centre for Nutrition is a competence and communication centre for food and nutrition. We are part of the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE). BLE belongs to the Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BMEL).

We provide scientifically sound information for experts and consumers alike. We do not pursue any economic interests with our work.
We promote self-determined, responsible, healthy and sustainable lifestyles. We contribute to conditions that facilitate conscious decision-making and appropriate action, in the sense that the healthier choice is the easier choice.

Main duties

1. We know what is going on!

  • We observe and analyse trends in food and nutrition.
  • We offer information and assistance that takes current developments into account.
  • We supply facts and recommendations on the basis of current, scientifically founded findings.
  • We set impulses so that theoretical recommendations become practical everyday actions. We support people in acquiring competences.

2. We collect and disseminate neutral, scientifically sound information.

  • We provide information on food and nutrition
  • We prepare scientific findings, so that they are easy to understand, suitable for everyday use, practical and comprehensible.
  • We are present in the public with information and offers and we conduct our own events.

3. We operate in networks

  • We are in regular contact with institutions and organisations from similar or related subject areas.
  • We provide members for committees in our subject areas, so that strategic networking can take place.
  • We are in a continuous exchange with our target groups and involve them in the development of our offerings.
  • We participate in international events, exchange experiences and facilitate the transfer of knowledge.
  • We support the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture
  • We carry out projects on behalf of the ministry and help to implement measures.
  •  We bring together key players in the field of nutrition and coordinate exchanges. This includes politics, federal and state governments, administration, science, civil society, educational institutions and business.

4. We qualify

  • We are providers and partners for the qualification of experts.
  • We develop educational concepts and offers for selected topics.

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