Six developments paving the way for our food system in 2050

We all know that there are huge challenges in feeding nine billion people, and eradicating hunger and  malnutrition, in a world plagued by climate change and water shortages. Fortunately, people aren’t just sitting and waiting for things to happen. Instead, the global food system is undergoing deep, transformational changes on … Continue reading

The future of guitars is in non tropical wood

One of the finest use of exotic tropical wood is musical instruments, like guitars. Exclusive woods like Brazilian rosewood are praised for their tonal quality. But unfortunately this particular wood is almost extinct and on the endangered species list. The same faith is likely for Madagascar rosewood, Honduras mahogany and … Continue reading

Revisiting New Productive Communes: A foresight in realisation through the revival of India’s Ancient Cattle Based Economic Model

Background of Foresight In the first half of 2013, The Rise of New Productive Communes: A Reality by the Year 2050, a foresight article, was shared on the Visioning 2050 . The New Productive Commune was presented as a self-sufficient, self-contained and sustainable model, that would cause no detriment to … Continue reading

Five promising trends for the future of food packaging

Packaging may sometimes appear very wasteful to people. Used only temporarily and the act of throwing it away does not feel good. The times of a ‘throw away society’ have definitely given way for the circular society, where we share and reuse as much as possible. However, packaging, even for … Continue reading

Three key values of the farm of the future

The Netherlands is a densely populated country. It is also one of the biggest agri-economies, exporting its dairy, meat and fresh produce all over the world. There is a great pressure for farm companies to grow their business, which changes the character of their businesses. The threat of animal diseases, … Continue reading

18 ‘known’ trends about the future and 4 what if’s – Dutch Horizonscan Prosperity and Environment

Predicting the future is a ‘no go’. However, uncertainty about the economy, emerging markets, climate change, biodiversity loss and many, many more, raises the urgency to know as much about the future as possible. Governments and industries need this in order to anticipate on future situations. Dutch Future Study on … Continue reading

How our Present is steering us into an Innovation Centric Future

Our world is in transition; from the information age into the innovation age. The symptoms are the unprecedent accelerations in the speed of change all around, particularly where technology is the subject matter at the core. Upon the transition, what awaits ahead, is a prolonged period of time that is … Continue reading

Scientists’ prediction of climate change: business as usual versus alternative futures

The foremost group of scientists of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has again published a landmark report on the evidence of climate change. In scientific terms, they now called it “unequivocal” and for the first time they said that humans are “extremely likely” to be the dominant … Continue reading

17 trends to inspire Dutch Government

When researching trends, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by publications. Every now and then, however, we are pleased to find a clear, well-written overview of relevant trends. The Dutch Interdepartmental trend-scan for 2025 is such an example. The first edition was published in 2011, the update in June 2013. Read more … Continue reading

Scenarios for the future of urban farming

Over many centuries, attempts have been made to get food production out of the cities. Produce comes from the land and is transported into the cities. In most western cities, abattoirs have disappeared. Markets are still there, but no longer have a central role in our shopping. This image is … Continue reading

Resilience: Exploring the edge of new possibilities in the Anthropocene

One definition of resilience is “the ability to cope with shocks and keep functioning in a satisfying way”. Resilience is about the self organizing capacity of systems. This means the ability to bounce back after disaster, or the ability to transform if a bad stage has happened. Both of these … Continue reading

Scenarios as a warning: Limits to growth

Probably the most controversial and most famous scenario study published is the Limits to Growth report. It was published as a book in 1972 and presents scenarios, based on computer modelling, on the consequences of economic and population growth. The book was funded by the Volkswagen Foundation and produced by … Continue reading

Technological trends in agriculture

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

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

Clean energy for all the 9 billion World citizens

This is literally one of the most daunting challenges for the 21st century. Clean energy for the global population: for people who climb up the prosperity ladder and will consume more energy, for people who currently rely on relatively polluting energy sources, such as wood stoves, and for people who … Continue reading

Water in 2025: drought, locusts, fire, wars and floods

What might be the consequences of global water shortages in 2025? To answer this question, MSNBC’s documentary Future Earth: 2025 provides us with five short scenarios. A documentary worth watching, even though it was originally aired in 2009 and some exact data might be outdated. I think it’s greatest worth is in … Continue reading

Insects in our diet

One big need for the nine billion people of the 21th century will be meat or protein in their diet. Especially if poverty is lifted off successfully, billions of people will enjoy a more protein rich diet than today. Could everybody eat like the Western world does today? Probably not. … Continue reading

Dutch visionairs about the Netherlands in 2030 (video clip)

Now with the Dutch parlement elections, and all the politicians making promises about the future, this very nice television program, called ‘There is always something’ asked a couple of experts to explain their vision of the Netherlands in 2030. Bekijk de video in andere formaten. Barbara Baarsma, economics professor at … Continue reading

Urban farming in an urbanized world

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The global population is moving towards the cities. Feeding those emerging mega-cities will become more and more of a masterpiece. Urban gardening and urban farming could be part of that solution. Urban gardening is a way to make use of the open spaces in town, rooftops and empty construction sites. … Continue reading