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Mansholt Lecture 2018: Towards Circular Food Production in Europe by WUR

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The third edition of the Mansholt Lecture will take place in Brussels in the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts on Wednesday 19 September 2018.

This year the Mansholt Lecture will address Circular Food Production in Europe.

It is about 60 years ago that Sicco Leendert Mansholt and his colleagues in Europe initiated the modernization of European agriculture in order to feed the population at reasonable prices, to increase productivity and to raise farm incomes. This policy was a great success, but with time its unintended side-effects on landscape, environment, public health and food integrity have become unacceptable.

Finding new ways for Europe’s food production is urgent. A shift is required from a focus on the efficiency of single products towards optimizing the natural resource use of the food system as a whole. Europe’s future lies not in a linear but in a circular food system with an integrated use of regenerative natural resources and associated agro-biomass. In fact, Mansholt already proposed something along these lines in 1972! Today, innovative technologies, such as sensors, big data and artificial intelligence provide the tools to design modern, resilient circular food systems.

During the Mansholt-lecture the winner of the Mansholt-Business Award for Sustainable Entrepreneurship 2018 (M-BASE) will be announced and will receive a prize of 25.000 euro. The award aims to illustrate that alumni of Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and entrepreneurs directly related to WUR, actively contribute to sustainable entrepreneurship with large societal and possibly international impact. See also: Circular Agrofood System: A Zero-Waste System Producing 70 % More Food by WUR

The University Fund Wageningen has awarded the Mansholt Business Award for Sustainable Entrepreneurship (M-BASE) 2015 to Simon Groot of East-West Seed. Under his leadership the company has developed a market for vegetable seeds in South East Asia with the result that small local farmers can now produce and earn more. Groot stimulates knowledge sharing, and the company regularly collaborates with researchers in Wageningen. The prize was presented on Monday 7 September 2015 during the opening of the Wageningen University & Research academic year.

The committee of the Wageningen University Fund has granted the Mansholt-Business Award 2012 for Sustainable Entrepreneurship to Jan Hadders of Dacom. The goal of the award is to illustrate how Wageningen University & Research alumni and entrepreneurs directly related to the university actively contribute to sustainable entrepreneurship that has a large societal and possibly international impact. The award is extended to those successful entrepreneurs who manage their company in an enthusiastic and sustainable manner. Jan Hadders received 25.000 euro, a bronze sculpture of the Wageningen Tree and a degree.

The Mansholt lectures, named for the great Dutch European politician and thinker Sicco Mansholt, are organised by Wageningen University & Research to discuss European policy and issues in the domain of Wageningen University & Research: food, agriculture and sustainable livelihoods. In 2018 the third edition is held in Brussels.

In 2017 President of the Executive Board of Wageningen University & Research, Prof. dr. Louise O. Fresco gave a keynote speech and two documents were presented: The policy document ‘Food transition 2030′ focuses on the challenge to achieve the transitions to a sustainable, affordable, trustworthy and high-quality food system in the next decade or two that will fulfil the needs of a diverse and growing world population.

The policy document ‘Towards a European Food and Nutrition policy’ examines current policies and practices before diving into the question how innovation can support a change towards better diets. A forum with international experts discussed both documents.

The first Mansholt lecture was organised in September 2016 with the title ‘Towards a Common Agricultural and Food Policy’. This lecure emphasized the need to involve all stakeholders into a broader common agriculture & food policy. This in order to cope with five major challenges: food and nutrition security & safety, climate change & water and energy use, ecological impacts, healthy diet for a lifelong healthy lifestyle, and inequality.

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