Your first move at the Havelhöhe hospital was to decentralise purchasing. How could you convince more canteen kitchens to pay greater attention to regional products and the growing and production condition of the food they use – even if they do not end up turning their entire purchasing system upside down?
Decentralising purchasing is hard work. I like doing it, because the personal connection with the suppliers, the producers, is very important to me. That’s just different to having some random driver come along every time. You get to hang around for a while, have a chat. But I understand that not everyone has the time to organise their purchasing system in that way. There is no software or app to do it for you. A lot of it is done over the phone. It would be great if there were a platform that could help producers, restaurant owners and canteen managers to network. You’d just go there and buy goods from a wide range of sources. It would make things easier for both sides. Many farmers and producers are not exactly marketing experts. With a platform like that, they could leave it to those who know what they are doing.