The VLOG Executive Board
I was born in Munich in 1962 and completed my studies in food technology at the Technical University of Munich-Weihenstephan in 1986. Already before and during my studies I did my internships in several dairies. After graduating as a graduate engineer (Dipl.-Ing.), I worked for 5 years in research and teaching at the professorial chair of mechanical and apparatus engineering. In 1991, I moved to the Plattling dairy and was able to gain my first practical experience as deputy to the operations management. I accompanied the establishment of GOLDSTEIG Käsereien Bayerwald GmbH as assistant to the management and since 1998 I have been in charge of the quality management department of the entire company.
In the past 20 years, I was "allowed" to introduce a whole range of food standards in our company. In 2012, the decision was made by a large majority in our company to implement the "Ohne Gentechnik" standard and also to communicate clearly through the use of the seal that we stand behind the contents of this standard. Our farmers have implemented this decision with great commitment and continue to stand behind the goals of VLOG to this day. I am very pleased to be able to support practical further development through my involvement in VLOG.
I was born on August 02, 1964, am married and have 3 children aged 19, 16 and 14. After graduating from high school and studying agricultural sciences at the Nürtingen University of Applied Sciences, my professional career brought me into the feed industry after only a short time. I have been employed at Raiffeisen Kraftfutterwerk Kehl GmbH since 1992 and have been managing director there since July 1994.
In my role as managing director, I have been involved in the safe production of feed without genetic engineering since 1998 and am probably one of the pioneers in this field. The cause of food production without genetic engineering is a matter close to my heart and one of the reasons for my involvement in VLOG.
Dr. Michael Südbeck
As a veterinarian with a doctorate (born in 1962), I have been working - apart from a two-and-a-half-year "detour" into pig farming - since 1992 at Lohmann & Co. AG / PHW Group since 1992. I am responsible for quality management across all production stages in the company. From the fall of 2008 onwards, I contributed my experience in this area to the "Food without genetic engineering" working group, which dealt with issues relating to the implementation of the national regulation on "Ohne Gentechnik" labeling.
After the VLOG emerged from this working group in 2010, I also became involved here, first as a personal member and later as a representative of the PHW Group. It was the poultry industry that was the first to renounce genetically modified soy in feed. Currently, the poultry industry makes up the largest group of members in VLOG. With all the current and future challenges facing not only our industry, I am pleased to now be able to contribute my many years of experience and expertise to the work of the VLOG executive board.
I have a degree in nutritional science and have been working in the food trade in the area of quality assurance and quality management since 1992. Since 2007, I have been responsible for quality management at the EDEKA headquarters in Hamburg. I have many years of experience in the development work of standards and quality assurance systems.
EDEKA has been committed to the promotion of GMO-free food for years and is involved accordingly. Through my renewed candidacy for the VLOG executive board, I would like to continue to contribute our expertise in order to advance the important topic of GMO-free food on the market in a targeted manner.
Christoph Zimmer has been working at Bäuerliche Erzeugergemeinschaft Schwäbisch Hall since 1996 and as managing director of the Ecoland growers' association since 2007. Since 1998, he has been concerned with the effects of agrogenetic engineering on agriculture. He actively opposes the patenting of life and was instrumental in getting Monsanto's "pig patent" revoked in 2010.
He is a trained farmer, a businessman, and has pursued a part-time Master of Business Administration in London. He has been on the executive board of VLOG since its inception in 2010. He enjoys VLOG's work and is pleased that the association is now very well established and positioned.