Biomass, food & sustainability. Is there a dilemma?
Louise O. Fresco

Duisenberg Lecture, Singapore, September 17, 2006


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...In January 2007, thousands of demonstrators marched through Mexico City in protest at a rise in the price of the maize flour used for tortillas. Many believed the higher price was caused by American demand for ethanol which had pushed up the price of maize on which Mexicans depend for their basic food. Similarly, consumers in Italy went on strike to protest against the increasing price of their daily pasta. ...

About the Duisenberg Lecture

In Singapore, September 2006, Prof. Louise Fresco, University of Amsterdam and Member of the Supervisory Board of Rabobank Nederland delivered the first Duisenberg Lecture titled “Biomass for food or fuel: Is there a Dilemma?”

Rabobank started in 2004 the tradition to host a Rabobank Luncheon Event during the occasion of the Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group. At each year’s luncheon event, we have invited one or two prominent keynote speakers to present his or her views on a topic that is close to the heart of Rabobank and of relevance to the international development agenda. In 2006, the event was named "The Rabobank Duisenberg Lecture" in commemoration of Dr. Wim Duisenberg, who sadly passed away in July 2005.

More information:The Rabobank Duisenberg Lecture

Other editions:

- Biomass, Food & Sustainability: Is there a dilemma? | Fresco L.O. with Daan Dijk and Wouter de Ridder| Rabobank, Santillana Ediciones Generales, S.L., Taurus | ISBN 978-84-306-0759-4 | 104 p. | 2008

- Biomasa, alimentos y sostenibilidad: ¿ Existe un dilema? | Fresco, L.O. con la participatión de Daan Dijk en Wouter de Ridder | Rabobank| Santillana diciones Generales, S.L., Taurus|ISBN 978-84-306-0758-7| 119 p. | 2008

- Biomass for food or fuel: Is there a dilemma? | Fresco, L.O. with Daan Dijk. The Duisenberg Lecture | Singapore | 36 p. | 2006