In a rapidly changing world, MADE in Germany examines the risks and benefits of digitalization and its impact on the way we work, what we earn and how we live. The program also investigates the ethics of business, and showcases young entrepreneurs who are redefining the workplace. Instead of just crunching the numbers, MADE delves deeper into issues and also explores the emotional side to stories.
German farmers say they’re getting a bad rap. They’re being blamed for climate change, the ‘insect apocalypse’ and the horrors of industrial livestock farming. But they say the truth is far more complicated than that.
The price of olive oil has plummeted in recent years. Spanish olive growers now fear for their livelihoods as a result. Some have started selling their olive oil directly to consumers online - with success.
Discount supermarket chains like Lidl and Aldi offer rock-bottom prices. So farmers are pressured to cut costs - to the detriment of animal welfare, labor conditions and the environment. But many shoppers can’t afford to pay more for their food.
Allotment gardens are hugely popular in Germany. But why is that? DW’s Olaf Krieger ventures forth to find out more. Armed with a pair of shears, he tests his mettle by attempting to trim a straight hedge.
Germany’s short-time work model prevents mass layoffs during an economic downturn when workers have less to do. When they do work, they get paid as usual. When they don't work, they get an allowance from the state. This helps keep the economy stable.
Millions around the world don’t have steady work, and the pandemic is worsening their plight. Many don’t even appear in the statistics, such as day laborers, small business owners and freelancers. MADE talks to people struggling to make ends meet.
Many eastern European laborers in Germany work in appalling conditions, housed in rundown accommodation and forced to work overtime. All too often, they’re paid late or not at all. Chasing up the money they’re owed is time-consuming and expensive.
The virus and its economic fallout have ravaged the tourism industry. People stuck at home crave to see the world. Second best might be virtual travel: high tech plus a VR headset can send you to the far side of the Earth or even the moon.