2014 March

The Insect Cookbook: Food for a Sustainable Planet
Arnold van Huis, Henk van Gurp, and Marcel Dicke

The Definitive Guide to Insects as a Sustainable Food Source.
In The Insect Cookbook, two entomologists and a chef make the case for insects as a sustainable source of protein for humans and a necessary part of our future diet. They provide consumers and chefs with the essential facts about insects for culinary use, with recipes simple enough to make at home yet boasting the international flair of the world’s most chic dishes.

“Invite politicians to dinner and let them tell the world how delicious it is. . . . They will proudly go around and say, ‘I ate crickets, I ate locusts, and they were delicious.’”—Kofi Annan.

The Insect Cookbook features delicious recipes and interviews with top chefs, insect farmers,  and nutrition experts, including chef René Redzepi, whose establishment was elected three times as “best restaurant of the world”; Kofi Annan, former secretary-general of the United Nations; and Daniella Martin of Girl Meets Bug. The book contains all you need to know about cooking with insects, where to buy them, which ones are edible, and how to store and prepare them at home and in commercial spaces.

Preface by Louise O. Fresco / Columbia University Press | web

2014 Feb

Distinguished visiting scholar of South Africa 2014

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAF) invited Louise O Fresco as distinguished scholar. She gave lectures titled Changing patterns of food production and consumption in the world and Africa at the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) and ASSAF in Hatfield Pretoria, at Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS), at the University of Fort Hare in Alice (See photo right: with host prof. Voster Muchenje) and at the University of Kwazulu-Natal (UKZN) Life Sciences Campus in Pietermaritzburg.

Interview in Farmer's weekly: Commitment will feed world


2014, Jan 27

Louise O. Fresco new President of Wageningen UR

Professor Louise O. Fresco has been appointed as President of the Executive Board of Wageningen UR with effect from 1 July 2014. She is currently University Professor at the University of Amsterdam, as well as an Honorary Professor at Wageningen University. She will succeed Aalt Dijkhuizen, who, after 12 years of service, will step down as chairman of the Wageningen UR board on 1 March. More information: Wageningen UR


2013, Dec 4

How to feed the world in 2050? European Parliament Brussels

This workshop is focused on what is Europe’s role in feeding the world in 2050? It will bring the findings and the synthesis report of the five parallel studies related to ‘Technology options for feeding 10 billion people’, as well as presentations by high level scientists in the different topics.
Keynote Speech by Louise O. Fresco: 'Food in times of scarcity and abundance'
- Download here the video and presentation of the keynote
- Short report (video)

2013, Oct 13

Fresco's Paradise

Six-part TV series based on Louise O. Fresco's book Hamburgers in Paradise Starting on 13 October, 2013 on Dutch TV, by HUMAN (Fresco's Paradijs, 18.50 uur, Nederland 2)
This series will soon be released on DVD, with English subtitles


2013, Oct 4

World Science Festival in Amsterdam

The WSF Amsterdam will present a three-day preview event this fall
(October 4th – 6th), at multiple venues in the City of Amsterdam, and will launch in 2014, with world-class science programming designed to inspire, educate and entertain audiences of all ages | web

2013, Sept 5

Food is a serious issue

Dick de Zeeuw Lecture 2013 with Prof. Dr. Ir. Louise Fresco.
This year Prof. Dr. Ir. Louise Fresco speaks at the 3rd Dick de Zeeuw lecture that takes place on September the 5th. Title: Food is a serious issue | web


2013, Aug 11

What's wrong with what we eat? (5 talks)

It's easy to worry about food: Are we eating the wrong stuff? What about people who don't have enough to eat? These talks examine the problems -- and some compelling solutions.
Playlists, Collections for Curious Minds. Curated by TED | web

2013, Jul 17

Starved for Science
How technological progress can help to feed the world

Article by Louise O. Fresco, published in Visionary Voices by Project Syndicate. Also in The Independent and other international newspapers (translated in many languages) | web

2013, May 6

Q&A with prof Louise Fresco: Hamburgers in Paradise

Interview UvA in the spotlight | pdf | UvA web

2013, Mar 22

The Hamburger Scenes

Louise O. Fresco and Helen Westerik wrote a book about the role of food in feature films. In The Hamburger Scenes they discuss the role of fast food and in particular the hamburger in feature films. FoodFilmFestival | web

2013, Mar 21

Prof. Louise O. Fresco has been appointed honorary member of the Royal Institute of Engineers in the Netherlands (KIVI NIRIA)

In his speech, Martin van Pernis, president of KIVI NIRIA, expressed his appreciation for the significant contributions Fresco has made to sustainability issues from a social context. As an engineer, Fresco stresses the role of technology and science in a balanced way. She is capable of entering into dialogue with everyone in an effortless fashion and elevating the discussion to global level.
KIVI NIRIA is the Dutch association for engineers and engineering students, and provides opportunities to develop knowledge and share it with other professionals. The promotion of technology in society is one of the spearheads of KIVI NIRIA | web

2013, Mar 15

Louise O. Fresco wins Dies award for outstanding alumnus of Wageningen University

web | pdf of speech: A treaty on animal production and other revisions in the Book of Agriculture and Food

2013, Mar 5

Louise Fresco on European fear of global change in agriculture

African Technology Development Forum | blog

2013, Feb 28

Mouthwatering Movies

Food Film Festival, Amsterdam | weblog

2013, Feb 22

The GMO Stalemate in Europe - Science Magazine

Editorial by Louise O. Fresco | | pdf

2013, 11 Feb

The Private Sector and Sustainable Growth

Jan Peter Balkenende, former Dutch Prime Minister, Partner at Ernst & Young, and Chair of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition delivered the SID Lecture ‘The Private Sector and Sustainable Growth’. Louise O. Fresco, shared her comments and led the discussion with the audience| pdf

2013, Jan 28

Food, Scarcity and Abundance

Lecture Louise O. Fresco at the 200th Commemorative Meeting of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry
video (lecture on this video starts at 16:42) | pdf of speech | blog

2012, Dec 9

Where Are We Going and How Can We Get There?

Panel discussion at Genetics in Agriculture and the Environment, Nobel Week Dialogue, Stockholm | web

2012, Dec 7

Louise Fresco, the Idealist – A short Q&A

Interview - Nobel Week Dialogue, Stockholm | pdf | web

2012, Oct 30

The Future of Food

Presentation first copy of new book by Adjiedj Bakas | video

2012, Oct 11

Primeval Landscapes, Deep Time

Essay in Ideal Real Landscape or Real Ideal Landscape, Willem Sanders | web | pdf

2012 Oct 5

Hamburgers in Paradise. Food in times of Scarcity and Abundance

The new book of Louise O. Fresco reflects three decades of travels throughout the world in search of how food is produced, how it is consumed and how we can use the lessons of the past to design food systems of the future. (synopsis) | pdf | more books of Louise O. Fresco

2012, Aug 31

Opportunities and dilemmas of a bio-based economy

Comment on "Food vs fuel is corny" by Economist contributing editor Dougal Thomson, The Economist Group, ManagementThinkingBlog | web | pdf

2012, Apr 13

A Lord and His Land. Jan van Heek, Forester and Conservationist

Exhibition Huis Bergh, Through 1 March 2013 | web

2012, Feb 8

Embracing the Opportunities of Public-Private Partnerships

Economist Conferences: Embracing the Opportunities of Public-Private Partnerships | video


Two Types of Curiosity

Article in 380 Years Curiosity, University of Amsterdam | pdf


Michael Pollan's Misguided Food Nostalgia

Article in Zesterdaily | web


Rio +20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development

Prof. dr. ir. Louise O. Fresco, Chair of the Netherlands Platform Rio+20 | web


Climate change assessment.
Review of the processes and procedures of the IPCC

Report by the InterAcademy Council’s international scientific team appointed by the United Nations to investigate the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) | web


Neither Fish nor Flesh

Lecture and discussion in English, ESMT, Germany | web


Louise O. Fresco on feeding the whole world

Performance TED, U.S.A. | video

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Hamburgers in Paradise
Food in Times of
Scarcity and Abundance

Available in Dutch, currently being translated