The Mansholt lectures, named for the great Dutch European politician and thinker Sicco Mansholt, are organised by Wageningen University & Research to discuss European policy and issues in our domain: nutrition, agriculture and sustainable livelihoods.
In 2016 WUR started to organise the annual Mansholt lectures. During the lectures WUR presents multidisciplinary views on aspects of the European policy and recommendations to adjust this policy. The policy views and recommendations are discussed during the meeting with representatives from scientific community, governments and business.
The lectures aim to alter European policy, either by agenda setting or by providing recommendations for various takeholders. As such the first lecture made a pledge for a Common Agriculture & Food Policy, a more integrative approach on the connection between nutrition patterns and the agricultural policy. The second lecture provided recommendations for the Agrifood 2030 research agenda. The third Mansholt lecture in 2018 discussed the opportunities and difficulties of circularity in agricultural production.
Topic 2019: The Future of Proteins
The fourth edition of the Mansholt lecture focusses on the future of proteins, reflecting on the challenges and discussing policy recommendations.
As part of the transition to a fully biobased economy, WUR calls for a new focus on production and consumption. We envision a future in which protein production will need to be sustainable, affordable and healthy. Purposeful combinations of plants, animals, and microorganisms from land and sea will be tailored to local conditions, even where resources are scarce. Europe needs to consider creating a European policy on protein transition.