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2024

Dialogue not enough to solve farmers and food issues, says Dutch food scientist

by Angelo di Mambro, Euractive, 6 febr. 2024

The farmers’ protests are the tip of a more general social malaise, Louise Fresco, a Dutch scientist and writer dealing with globally sustainable food, told Euractiv, warning against the ongoing “proliferation of rules” and a uniform approach to different growers across Europe. 

Fresco had few good words for the  ‘strategic dialogue’ launched by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen with NGOs and agrifood stakeholders on 25 January, which “has a major risk of ending up with a statement where the truth is about in the middle”.

The previously announced initiative sounded very timely given the ongoing farmers’ protests all across Europe, but Fresco, former president of the globally known Wageningen University, specialised in agricultural research, was critical about the simplistic approach to a complex issue.

“In this case, the truth is not the middling of all opinions” as “the truth is far more complex, and I think there’s a lack of leadership if you just ask for a dialogue without indicating where you want to go and what choices entail”…read more

 

2023

Interview met Louise O Fresco in Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Voeding & Diëtetiek, 2023;78(2), pp. 6-9

‘Jullie zijn de beste ‘influencers’ op het gebied van voeding’

Lees hier hetInterview_met Louise Fresco

 

On7 May 2023 Professor Louise O. Fresco was awarded an honorary doctorate at the University of Pretoria, South-Africa for her important role in the public debate on ensuring a sustainable food supply.
On May 9, 2023, she was interviewed in this context via FSNet-Africa about leadership in sustainable food systems, see YouTube

 

2022

 

College Tour – Louise O. Fresco: The changing role of science for society. Wageningen Dialogue, wo. 11 mei 2022, watch the livestrean

 

2021

 

Lab-grown meat, insects and white bread – what’s the future of food?. Audio: Overnigth, ABC Broadcast Thu 22 Jul 2021.
Author, scientist and President of Wageningen University, Professor Louise Fresco discusses the future of food with Rod for Talking Point. Wageningen University & Research,  listen here

In conversation with Louise O. Fresco, Louise Fresco discusses topics like bended working, education and business contacts with three WUR colleagues. Wageningen University & Research, read here

 

2020

 

‘Meat is part of a sustainable world’: Professor Louise Fresco, bij Oliver Morrison. Food Navigator Europe, 24-2-2020, lees hier

 

2018

 

‘Don’t do the obvious thing’. Resource magazine, page 12, 2018 Summer, (pdf)

‘WUR needs to become even more relevant’. Resource, 31 May 2018 (pdf) 

 

2017

 

‘My Greatest Fear Is Not Having Anything To Read.’ The Reading Lists, 31 mei 2017, lees hier

 

2016

 

Best books of the year 2016. Times Higher Education, 22 december 2016, lees hier

Louise O. Fresco: Weaving in stories about relatives and patients, Siddhartha    Mukherjee’s The Gene: An Intimate History (Bodley Head) portrays the application of genetics as a potentially dangerous as well as a truly liberating idea.
How much risk are we willing to take? The Gene shows that however important our genes are, we cannot be reduced to our genes alone.
Just like the protagonist of Yentl, Barbra Streisand had to overcome enormous resistance.
But she would not be stopped – by her looks, her Jewish identity, a lack of resources or even her insecurity. She became a symbol of empowerment. Neal Gabler’s Barbra Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininity, and Power (Yale University Press), part of Yale’s Jewish Lives series, should inspire all students to persevere

Organic food is no healthier than normal produce, professor says . Telegraph, 1 June 2016, (pdf), | audio

A concerted attempt to excel in agriculture. The Reporter, Ethiopia, 9 January 2016, (pdf)

To feed 9 billion people, move away from the farmers market.  InnovationHub, 15 jan. 2016, read here

The Real Future of Sustainable Agriculture. Radio interview at Innovation Hub, 16 January 2016 | audio

 

2012

 

Louise Fresco, the Idealist – A short Q&A. Nobel Week Dialogue, 7 December 2012,(pdf)

 

2009

 

Earth Report. Going with the flow.  BBC World News Channel, 13 March 2009, (pdf) news.bbc.co.uk

 

2008

 

Back to the land: growing the solution to the rising food prices. EBRD’s Annual Meeting, Kiev. Feature stories, 2008, EBRD website

2007

 

Dr Louise Fresco visits ICARDA. In: the Week at ICARDA, International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas, No. 981/982, 26 July-2 August 2007

Ten questions for Louise Fresco. The Word, June 2007

A Global Poldermodel. Indesem 2007 TU Delft, The Legacy, May 2007

 

2006

 

Food at the top of the agenda. Food, Engineering & Ingredients, November 2006

Proper Food. Wageningen Update, June 2006