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Ons voedselsysteem gehackt: een computer die voedsel verbouwt

Een inspirerende Ted-Talk van Caleb Harper, directeur van het Open Agriculture Initiative van MIT. Harper legt uit hoe hij de principes van computernetwerken en -platforms heeft toegepast op het verbouwen van voedsel. In het medialab van MIT worden genoeg gewassen verbouwd om maandelijks 3000 mensen te voeden. Robotici, techneuten en […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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’ […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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