Urban / Nature
A Visit to Berlin’s Wholesale Market
The status quo and the future potential of the wholesale market.
With: Markthalle Neun
Where does our food actually come from? A political culinary meeting.
The Berlin wholesale market on Beusselstrasse is for post-war modernism, what the Berlin market halls were for the industrialised city of the 19th century. A place where the city’s supply was canalised and managed in orderly channels – allowing the possibilities for it to develop into a productive, creative organism. People need food, that’s what the market was for. Soon the market had its own laws. Today, a rationalised supermarket culture has increasingly moved the wholesale market, its medium-sized retailers and thus local value creation out of the city’s consciousness. To make it short: We want the wholesale market back, as a central place of urban nutrition, as the belly of Berlin. The Beusselstraße, so our utopia of the wholesale Markthalle Neun, should become the farm door for a small-scale local agriculture, and the production site for young, innovative food companies. But this morning, we also admire the bustle and work that our food generates.