In 2050 there will be ten billion people to feed. The food supply is already accompanied by major environmental, climate and health challenges.
Wageningen scientists from all sorts of disciplines, from agricultural and nutritionists to philosophers, are researching partial solutions. Their stories have been compiled in the book 'Ten billion mouths', compiled by food thinkers Jeroen Candel and Ingrid de Zwarte.
Not long after public administration expert Jeroen Candel and historian Ingrid de Zwarte were introduced to each other on the Wageningen campus in September 2019, there was a plan for a book.
And a year after their first meeting, "Ten Billion Mouths" is now in bookstores. It contains 41 groundbreaking ideas from 80 Wageningen scientists about healthy and sustainable food in the future. From eating algae and insects to reducing food waste. And from making better choices in the supermarket to fighting hunger in developing countries.
Candel and De Zwarte, both university lecturers, are happy to translate their research results to a wider audience. For example, De Zwarte, who works in the Agricultural and Environmental Protection iedenis chair group, previously wrote a book about the Dutch Hunger Winter during the last months of the Second World War.
Public administration expert Candel is a columnist at Foodlog, a news platform about nutrition, agriculture and food politics. Candel: “We enjoy doing that, but we also think it is an important social task of the university to be visible in the public debate.”