Niels Louwaars

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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...

How Safe Is Plant Breeding Really?

Debates in society about gene editing and cisgenesis revolve next to ethics and corporate control around safety. “Can we guarantee that the varieties coming...

Open Source Seed, A Hoax Or A Wake-Up Call?

“Open source” is a trend in various industries. It started to take root in the software industry (Mozilla), followed by biotechnology (CAMBIA) and publishing,...