VTV 2014: Exploring the future of public health in the Netherlands

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  For Futurista, Silke interviewed Jeanne van Loon and Johan Melse: Jeanne van Loon is project manager for the VTV 2014. Johan Melse is a member of the project team VTV 2014, who also contributed to previous VTV- editions.  Jeanne van Loon and Johan Melse both work on the Dutch VTV 2014: … Continue reading

Helper robot or partner in crime? – The Robot & Frank

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When we think about the future, oftentimes we see new technology, like robotics, that will solve most of our problems. What we don’t always think about, is whether people like this new technology in their lives and how they engage with things like robots. The movie the Robot & Frank … Continue reading

Technological trends in agriculture

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Technological innovations provide us with chances to increase supply, upscale en produce more cost effectively. Robotics could be a solution to the looming shortage of labour in the agricultural sector. In this blog I describe several important technological trends relevant to the agricultural sector. There are three (possible) technological ‘breakthroughs’ … Continue reading

Trends that impact agriculture in the Netherlands

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When it comes to agriculture, many research and foresight-exercises can be found on both national and international level. A summary of some of the most important trends that impact the debate on agriculture in the Netherlands:   Demographic trends: The world population will increase  up to approximately 9 billion people … Continue reading

Meat eaters of the 21th century

Meat consumption in the 21th century

At the heat of the horse meat crisis in Europe, UNEP published ‘Our nutrient world’, a report that looked closely at the massive impact of nutrient use by agriculture and especially meat production. The report proposed many actions to improve the management of nutrients in agriculture. But one recommendation received … Continue reading