We say farewell to Klaus Griesbach
Klaus Griesbach grew up on the outskirts of Hamburg at a time when there were still many farms around so he was drawn to nature and the countryside throughout his life.
In 1972 Klaus started a shop called "Schwarzbrot Natural Foods" in Hamburg's university quarter. His was the second shop in Germany (after 'Peace Food' in Berlin) so he was a true pioneer and visionary.
The shop had a range of foodstuffs which included macrobiotic products from Japan supplied by a pharmacist, whole meal cereals, nuts and dried fruits in sacks so customers could help themselves.
Herbs, vegetables and fruit initially came from the large garden a self-sufficient married couple who cutivated it according to the teachings of the Danish nutritionist, Are Waerland. In the mid-1970s Demeter farmers from the neighboring counties met at a central point in Hamburg and exchanged their farm products (vegetables, eggs, milk and cheese) with each other for their farm shops. Klaus had meanwhile discovered Demeter products for the shop and was invited to collect them farm fresh from the farmers. As a sideline the shop also stocked left-wing newspapers for the students.
1972，克劳斯·格斯巴赫在汉堡大学区开了一家名为”Schwarzbrot 天然食品” 店。他的天然食
Are Waerland 所教授的方式)。
1970 年中期，来自汉堡周边的县区的Demeter 农民们/农场主们经常在汉堡见面沟通并将彼此
From these small beginnings the natural food movement started in Germany. Its aim was then, as now, to make the world a better place and make sure coming generations have a future worth living for.
In the early natural food market Klaus Griesbach was an important representative and a popular an trustworthy partner: "We wanted to change the world somehow and we didn't know whether you could get a loan for that. Our 'credit' was that just by talking to the people we could convince them. That was the beginning." That's how he described it in „Die Müslimacher“. It is no surprise that Klaus was not only regionally active but also actively involved in setting up and shaping the Naturkost e.V. trade association.
接，并参与成立了Naturkost e.V 贸易协会。
Through the years the shop grew into an import and wholesaling company, importing and distributing goods from Japan, the UK and other European countries throughout Germany and supplying North German organic stores with local produce. Later organic bananas from the Dominican Republic were added which were distributed throughout Germany. As local suppliers expanded their market, importing became less worthwhile and sadly in 1999 the company became insolvent. At around the same time Klaus was asked by Chinese colleagues to help them develop the organic business in China, which he did. He spent 10 years in Beijing as a Consultant and shared his knowledge with the local organic business community. He returned to Hamburg to retire.
His last years were extremely difficult as his health was failing making it difficult for him to earn an income. However, his immense and sustained commitment and contribution to the organic food movement in Germany and around the world remains groundbreaking.
The Bundesverband Naturkost Naturwaren e.V. (Federal Association of Natural Foods) and its members bid farewell to Klaus Griesbach in deep gratitude.