Bjelkeman's travel notes

Travels with the cloud in my pocket.

Heroes – Joop van Lenteren

My brother in law, Joop van Lenteren, has over the last twenty years taught me many things regarding sustainable living, particularly with regards to agriculture. He has served as a mentor for me when I needed to move away from the rat race and help me find a place in a sustainable bigger picture.

Besides being a great person and my brother in law, Joop is a Professor of Entomology at Wagening University and is one of the worlds most respected entomologists in the area of biological control of pests and diseases. He has won multiple science prices, including: AkzoNobel Science Award (1982), Koninklijke/Shell Prijs (2005) and Rank Prize for Nutrition (2006).

Some of his most significant scientific papers are:

Lenteren, J.C. van, 1990. Insects, Man and the Environment: Who will survive? In” Environmental Concerns: An Inter-disciplinary Exercise”, J.Aa. Hansen (ed.), Elsevier, London : 191-210.

Lenteren, J.C. van, 2000. A greenhouse without pesticides: fact of fantasy? Crop Protection 19:375-384.

Lenteren, J.C. van, Bale, J., Bigler, F, Hokkanen, H.M.T., Loomans, A.J.M., 2006. Assessing risks of releasing exotic biological control agents of arthropod pests. Annual Review of Entomology, 51: 609-634. + supplemental material.


Filed under: Food production, Heroes

Seawater Greenhouse and Sahara Forrest project

A model of the Sahara Forrest project, with Seawater Greenhouses surrounding a concentrated solar power plant. Picture from Bellona

Today I made a presentation about the Seawater Greenhouse and the Sahara Forrest project to the CEO of the urban planning firm SCE India, Loic Lecomte, and the head of urban planning, Champaka Rajagopal.

The Seawater Greenhouse will be part of my thesis project, which I am supposed to start when I get back home to Sweden. So it was good to start thinking about this again.

Filed under: Food production, India

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