Nieuws - 5 juli 2001

English Summary

Wageningen women have more sex appeal than the men here. They tend to go for the 'natural' image, are 'down to earth' and often a good conversation partner.

This is the view of the male student population of their female counterparts. A sample of 43 males gave Wageningen women an average score of 6.6 on the erotic ladder, higher than the women gave them two weeks ago (average score for the men was 5.2). In general the women are considered socially good value, but they spend little time on their appearance and a number of men find this a shame. Others also miss the multicultural flavour you encounter in the urban areas of Holland, but are glad of the international community here.

Students can now take advantage of cheaper insurance for their possessions if they rent accommodation from SSHW.

The Wageningen student housing organisation together with six other counterparts has negotiated a collective household contents insurance with the ABN/AMRO bank. Believed to be the cheapest policy available, tenants who rent a room or a one- or two-room apartment will be able to take advantage of this from 1st October. For fl.2,65 (1.2 euro) a month tenants will be able to insure their possessions, including those in communal areas, against fire, water damage, and theft. There will be a 24 hour telephone number where damages can be reported.

This week was the turn of Wageningen University to chair the summer school of the Centre for Resource Studies on Human Development Research School.

The subject chosen was the biotechnology debate and its importance for developing countries. In his introduction Professor Lawrence Busch, professor of sociology at Michigan State University, suggested that much of the controversy has been fuelled by the claims made by industry for biotechnology, and the trend of patenting many research results from universities. He also cautioned that while scientists may have more technical knowledge than the public at large this does not make them better able to make moral decisions on the issues at stake.

The series of discussions on foot and mouth disease between Wageningen students and experts ended last week, with a visit from the Chief Veterinary Officer of the Dutch ministry of agriculture.

Despite the fact that Frits Pluimers suggested that preventive vaccination against foot and mouth is unlikely, the majority of the audience voted for this measure. The matter will be discussed in the European parliament later this year, but many EU countries consider their vaccination-free status very important. Changing the regulation would also require changes from the Organisation International de Epizootiques (OIE), which would be very complex.