Can we engineer life? 3.2 Planetary boundaries

Planetary boundaries. Image from Wikipedia Commons (click to enlarge).

‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’ (Nelson Mandela). Hans Tramper is professor emeritus in Bioprocess Technology at Wageningen University and reflects on the development of his subject in a series of essays. His pieces were published so far on 18 June, 30 June, 11 July, 22 July,

GMO adversaries get enclosed from all sides

Why cannot organic farmers benefit from New Breeding Techniques?

Biodiesel causes storage tanks to corrode: about unintended consequences of new developments

Organic is not a good hallmark of quality – this is why

Circular bioeconomy: an uneasy marriage of concepts, so far

Cloning monkeys: slippery slope or dead end?

Conferences: old wine in new bottles

Doughnut economics, or why economists should learn more about technology

Scientific fantasy gone wild

Dutch ecomodernism: down-to-earth but also a crusade against environmentalists

Duchenne muscular dystrophy CRISPR cure: just for the rich and well-connected?

Bioplastics: end the confusion

Biokits with Do-It-Yourself genetic engineering could involve a criminal act

Lost in translation: dysfunctional science communication

CRISPR-Cas: a prize winning technology?

Gaia, and James Lovelock’s gentle revenge

Brexit was not about the EU

GMO debate, nuclear power, and the concept of absolute evil

Gene technology: the same old story, once more

Economists, listen: the earth is NOT a closed system

Bioeconomy, circular and small scale. Really?

New Plastics Economy: circular, not yet biobased

In memory of Paul Reinshagen

BioAmber and Reverdia agreement: strengthening the biobased economy

In memory of Wiero Beek

No good complaining about European waste legislation

Ecomodernism, a great idea and a big disappointment

Cooperative banking in the biobased economy – but without the Rabobank?

Iain McGilchrist: neurological battle between sustainability and efficiency

Global Divestment Day

Connecting Industries, a nice book but with limitations

One bioeconomy, two worlds

Roel’s team

Biobased Press looks for new input

Towards an ambitious Europe

Biobased Society becomes Bio Based Press

The biobased industry needs many educational courses

Human error, a category that raises more questions than it answers

Vierhuizen, Sicco Mansholt’s native village

Old leftist demons in the perception of sustainability

My lifelong disappointment with academia

The biobased society, a better world?

Call Roel

Count on mankind’s stupidity – and its resilience

True Price: Roefie Hueting was right

The biobased society in the Dutch coalition agreement

Shale gas is responsible for a gas price seven times as low in the US as in Europe

Election debates

In memory of Leo Jansen (1934-2012)

How the West was lost

‘It’s the economy, stupid’