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‘Agricultural nature management will be less fragmented’
The new agricultural nature management system will come into effect on 1 January. Will this save our meadow birds? Hens Runhaar, the new professor of the Management of Biodiversity...
‘Shooting is the only option’
The province of North Holland wants to give permission for the shooting of over 2000 fallow deer in the dunes which supply Amsterdam’s mains water. The measure is meeting with resi...
‘The link between processed meat
and cancer was already known’
Eating processed meat such as ham and sausages increases the risk of cancer, announced the IARC, an agency of the World Health Organization, this week. The report caused quite a fu...
'Mars plants actually need large leaves'
The Martian is currently showing in cinemas. Astronaut Marc Watley (Matt Damon) has to survive on his own on Mars after an accident. Last Tuesday evening, ecologist Wieger Wamelink...
'Closed chains are the solution'
Thousands of dairy and pig farmers demonstrated in Brussels this week against the low milk and meat prices. Wageningen UR sells milk and pigs too. For company manager Han Swinkels ...
‘We must create a better world’
Refugees are pouring into Europe, mainly because of the growing number of conflicts and wars in nearby regions. How can we solve this? First take refugees in, then invest in confl ...
Return of the sturgeon to the Rhine
Nature conservationists want to see the severely threatened European sturgeon return to the Rhine. A good idea, thinks Erwin Winter, but lots of questions remain unanswered.
Gassing geese is controversial
From 1 June it will be permitted to gas geese that are a nuisance, using carbon dioxide. Environmental psychologist Maarten Jacobs has done a lot of research on public acceptance o...
‘Oil rigs have some positive effects’
The company Tulip Oil wants to drill for gas to the north of Terschelling. Residents, the municipality and the province are all opposed but the final decision will be taken by Mini...
Patents elbow out plant variety rights
The European Patent Office accepts patents on classically bred food crops. This is a major setback for plant variety rights, believes the chair of plant breeding Richard Visser.