Niels Louwaars

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Puritans and Blenders: A Deep Dive into Variety Mixtures

Discussions are ongoing in OECD with regard to the certification of variety mixtures in more crops than just the grasses and maize mixtures (such...

Village Policies Are All Around Us

Policy making is not an easy task. The famous insight ‘governing is anticipating’ is increasingly difficult with populist trends more and more affecting us....

From Moral to Legal Obligation – Have We Done Enough?

Is corporate social responsibility becoming a legal liability? That is a question with the upcoming legislation on International Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Europe....

Sustainable Seed Systems, a basis for UNFSS!

The whole world is discussing the sustainability of food systems in the run up to the United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) in September...

When Will Bio-Reaganomics Finally Come To An End?

Why is it that we cannot create a working system of biodiversity management? Debates have been going on about the question how to conserve...

We are the Guardians of Modern Agriculture!

The Farm-to-Fork Strategy (F2F) of the Green Deal, presented by the European Commission in May 2020 triggered a wide range of responses. “It is...

Is COVID-19 a Blessing in Disguise?

The world is changing rapidly. With his ‘America First’ Trump paved the way to question free trade in the country that has more or...

Are We The Bad Guys In The Biodiversity Debate?

Biodiversity has been simmering on the societal and political agenda for a while but came back with a blow in April. The Biodiversity Strategy...

Go or No-Go NGO?

Many colleagues in the sector find it so hard to deal with activist Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) that they prefer to keep maximum distance. It...

Why It Is So Difficult To Communicate Biotechnology?

Besides science, we all know that agriculture involves culture. We ‘cultivate’ (i.e. agri-culture contributes culture – human values) to the natural environment. Farming is...