Can circularity and economic growth go hand-in-hand? Do we need to rethink our economy to make it happen?
Rethinking Economy for Circularity
In 2018, the Dutch Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality published her vision to make a transition to circular agriculture. However, this requires change beyond the farm level alone. Can circularity and economic growth go hand-in-hand? Do we need to rethink our economy to make it happen? How do we move towards a more circular society and economy? Tonight, Prof. dr. Herman Wijffels will share his perspective on an economy that works for both people and the planet, and discuss his insights on what is needed for a transformation towards a circular economy.
About Herman Wijffels
Prof. dr. Herman Wijffels is a leading economist and strong advocate of the circular economy. During his career he held various prominent positions, including Chairman of the Executive Board of Rabobank Nederland, Chairman of the Social and Economic Council (SER), and Dutch administrator at the World Bank in Washington. He was also co-chairman of Worldconnectors, chairman and co-founder of Sustainable Finance Lab, and professor of Sustainability and Social Change at the Utrecht Sustainability Institute (USI) of Utrecht University.
About lecture series Economic Perspectives for a Circular Food System
Attention for circular food systems is booming. Now that Dutch agriculture has to move towards circularity, it becomes clear that a lot of questions with regard to the business model for food producers, fair and true pricing along the chain, and the economic system in general, remain unanswered. For example, can farmers make a living from circular production? Are consumers and retailers willing to reward circularity? How do we organise responsibility in the food chain? Are there options to move beyond growth and GDP? In this series we will discuss these questions and explore the role of the economy in the transformation towards a circular food system.
This series is organised in collaboration with the Animal Production Systems group, Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy group, and Wageningen Economic Research. These four public events can be followed separately. They can also be followed as part of a new university course (capita selecta, 3 ECTS) which is organised in period 5, in the evening.