ANNO 2030: What to serve when you have nine billion mouths to feed?

Date: 26 November 2013

Venue: Universiteit Antwerpen, Stadscampus - Rodestraat 14 - 2000 Antwerpen

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Organization / co-organization: IOB, USOS, MO*

Short description: Debating Development: Mark Post (Maastricht University, The Netherlands) and Arnold van Huis (Wageningen University, The Netherlands). Moderator: Alma De Walsche.

With our global population set to reach close to 9 billion by 2030 and global meat consumption expected to double by 2050, the hunt is on to find new and sustainable ways to still the hunter-gatherer instincts that are driving a growing middle class around the world to these very inefficient sources of protein in the form of pre-packaged sirloin or sausage. Currently 70% of the world’s arable land is devoted to growing feed for livestock, and livestock furthermore emits 20% of all greenhouse gases. Since only 5 % of the population in industrialized countries seems to be amenable to vegetarianism, other breakthrough solutions are required. In this debate we try to think out of the box by inviting two international experts on alternative sources of proteins.

Our first speaker, Mark Post (Maastricht University), received international attention when he served the world’s first test tube burger in August this year. Using stem-cell research, he wants to move the meat industry out of the farm and into the lab. Our second speaker, Arnold van Huis (Wageningen University) firmly believes that eating insects is a healthy and delicious way out of a global food crisis. As the primary author of “Het insectenkookboek” he tries to break the Western taboo on the consumption of insects and will surely convince you to try a grasshopper or two.

Dr. Mark Post
Dr. Mark Post received his medical degree from the University of Utrecht in 1982. After a brief period of surgical residence partly while in military service, he continued his PhD training in Pulmonary Pharmacology and graduated in 1989. He joined the Experimental Cardiology group of prof C.Borst to set up a Vascular Biology program and was from 1989 to 1996 senior investigator at the KNAW Interuniversity Cardiology Institute of the Netherlands. After some years in the USA, dr Post returned to the Netherlands in 2002 as a professor of Vascular Physiology at the Maastricht University and professor of Angiogenesis in Tissue Engineering at the Technical University Eindhoven. He is the Chair of Physiology at Maastricht University and vice dean of Biomedical Technology. His main research interests now involve skeletal muscle tissue engineering in order to create cultured consumption meat. This technology offers great opportunities for future meat production if culture efficiency and tissue mimicry can be achieved in a cost-effective manner.


Prof. dr. ir. Arnold van Huis 
Prof. dr. ir. Arnold van Huis worked from 1974 to 1979 in Nicaragua for the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations on integrated pest management (IPM) in foodgrains. From 1982 to 1985 he coordinated from Niger a regional crop protection training project for eight Sahelian countries. From 1985 onwards he works as tropical entomologist at Wageningen University, the Netherlands, and has been responsible for a number of IPM and biological control projects in the tropics. He currently coordinates an interdisciplinary project in Benin, Ghana and Mali entitled "Convergence of Sciences". He also coordinates a project in the Netherlands called "Sustainable Production of Insect Proteins". This project explores the potential of the sustainable production of high quality edible insects and insect-derived products, in particular proteins, from side streams (organic waste). He also serves as a consultant to FAO on insects as food and feed.


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