May 2015 be a Year of Abundance, of Food for those in Need,
of Ideas and Wise Judgement for those who hold Power, and Thoughtfulness for all!


2015, Nov

Hamburgers in Paradise
The stories behind the food we eat

Princeton University Press

For the first time in human history, there is food in abundance throughout the world. More people than ever before are now freed of the struggle for daily survival, yet few of us are aware of how food lands on our plates. Behind every meal you eat, there is a story. Hamburgers in Paradise explains how. ....

In this wise and passionate book, Louise Fresco takes readers on an enticing cultural journey to show how science has enabled us to overcome past scarcities—and why we have every reason to be optimistic about the future.

The culmination of decades of research, Hamburgers in Paradise provides valuable insights into how our food is produced, how it is consumed, and how we can use the lessons of the past to design food systems to feed all humankind in the future.

A Q and A with author | web


2015 Oct 15

Louise O. Fresco member of the third Steering Committee of the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (CFS-HLPE)

The High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) on food security and nutrition has been created as part of the reform of the international governance of food security to advise the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) which is the foremost intergovernmental and international platform dealing with food security and nutrition.


2015 Jun 14

Fresco's Paradise

The successful six-part documentary TV-series, based on Louise O. Fresco's book Hamburgers in Paradise is now available in English. The episodes of the series can be viewed at:


2015 Jan 16

Louise O. Fresco honors the father of slow food Carlo Petrini

At the ceremony of the Johannes van Dam 2014 award that was granted to Carlo Petrini, Jury chair Louise Fresco honored him in her speech. She said that Carlo Petrini has singlehandedly changed our thinking about food and society in a fundamental way. | read here the speech


2014 Oct 23

Louise Fresco appointed chairwoman of FP7 evaluation committee

The European Committee has appointed Louise Fresco chairwoman of the committee that will be evaluating the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). This High Level Expert Group will start working in November and complete its evaluation by the end of 2015. Read more:


2014 Sept 11

We are here to make a difference

Interview in Resource

"Louise Fresco, president of Wageningen UR since July, has returned to her Alma Mater after 17 years to find a lot of highly motivated people on a beautiful campus. Dialogue with the wider society is needed, believes Fresco, but so is more internal collaboration between science groups. She wants to forge connections. ‘Connecting is the story of my life'." | pdf


2014 Sept 1

Opening Academic Year Wageningen UR
including an addresss by Louise O. Fresco

'It is now our task to respond. To new generations, new challenges and new expectations; to promote an understanding of what options exist for the future of our food production'

Read Louise Fresco's entire speech (pdf)


It is time for a new Enlightenment, argued Louise Fresco, President of Wageningen UR, at the opening of the academic year 2014/2015. "We must find a new way of engaging society in the development of knowledge", she said.

Technology makes it possible to have unmanned machines do farm work: ploughing, harvesting and milking cows while monitoring the animal's health. These developments improve food production and working conditions, but is this what society wants, Fresco asked. She argued that it is not always clear what people want. The idea that 'the consumer is always right' is a fallacy, she said. On the one hand, people want cheap food, but on the other hand they want to have it produced on small farms where all the work is done by hand and where animals play in flowering meadows.


2014 July 1

First work day prof. dr. ir. Louise O. Fresco as President of the Executive Board of Wageningen UR

This morning, Prof. Dr. Louise O. Fresco started her first day of work as the new President of the Executive Board of Wageningen UR. On September 1st she will open the Academic Year and share her vision for Wageningen UR. During this event she will outline how she sees the position of Wageningen UR in our domain and the position of our organisation.
She says: “For the fourth time in my life I enter Wageningen full of anticipation! First as a student, then as a PhD candidate, later as professor, and now as President of the Executive Board. My passion to be involved in the World Food Problem is as big today as it was in any of the earlier stages. I still believe that scientific research and education play a crucial role in solving this issue. ..."
Read more: website Wageningen UR


2014 May 24

Farewell lecture at the University of Amsterdam

University Professor Louise O. Fresco provides the opening speech of the University Day 2014 and also her farewell lecture (in Dutch) at the University of Amsterdam. She tells the story behind the creation of the documentary series "Fresco's Paradise"


2014 Apr 24

Royal Academy of Overseas Sciences, Brussels

Louise O. Fresco was appointed corresponding member of the Royal Academy of Overseas Sciences, the Section of Technical Sciences, Brussels, Belgium | web


2014 March

Comenius Award

The Comenius Price 2014 has been awarded to Professor Louise O. Fresco. She receives the prize for her unwavering commitment to bring science among the general public.


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.
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.

South African Journal of Science, Commentary:
Some thoughts about the future of food and agriculture | pdf

Farmer's weekly, Interview:
Commitment will feed world | pdf
Farmer's weekly, By Invitation:
No more wishful thinking | pdf


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: website 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'
- Presentation of the keynote | video
- 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 is released on DVD, with English subtitles by Rubinstein


2013, Oct 4

World Science Festival in Amsterdam

The WSF Amsterdam will return on September 6 & 7, 2014 with world-class science programming designed to inspire, educate and entertain audiences of all ages. In October, 2013 WSF presented a three-day preview event at multiple venues in the City of Amsterdam. Louise O. Fresco is one of the ambassadors. | 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 titled Food is a serious issue | pdf | web |


2013, Aug 11

What's wrong with what we eat? (Playlist 9 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 | video


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, University of Amsterdam | pdf | 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

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


2013, Mar 5

Louise Fresco on European fear of global change in agriculture

African Technology Development Forum


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


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 |


2012, Dec 7

Louise Fresco, the Idealist – A short Q&A

Interview - Nobel Week Dialogue, Stockholm | pdf


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, 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 | 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) | pdf | more information:



Louise O. Fresco on feeding the whole world

A powerful thinker and globe-trotting advisor on sustainability, Louise Fresco says it's time to think of food as a topic of social and economic importance on par with oil — that responsible agriculture and food consumption are crucial to world stability.
Performance TED, U.S.A. | video



Hamburgers in Paradise
The stories behind the food we eat

Princeton University Press


The Johannes van Dam 2014 award that was granted to Carlo Petrini
Photo: Monique Kooijmans


Professor Louise O. Fresco has been appointed as President of the Executive Board of Wageningen UR with effect from 1 July 2014


Fresco's Paradise now available on DVD (English subtitles)



Photo: University of Fort Hare, Alice, South Africa, host prof. Voster Muchenje with Louise O. Fresco



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


Editorial by Louise O. Fresco in Science Magazine


Lecture Louise O. Fresco at the 200th Commemorative Meeting of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry


TEDtalk, February 2009, in Long Beach, California