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Huub Lelieveld

Global Harmonizarion Initative

Debunking misinformation about food and food technologies

Not only the general public, but particularly also politicians and opinion makers judge the safety and desirability of technologies on information that comes free from many media, often provided by self-proclaimed experts. Few people take the time and effort to check the facts. The result is often that beneficial technologies are dismissed while the benefits have the potential of increasing the standards of living. While in some parts of the world the benefits are seen and the technologies accepted and applied, in other parts they are not, even in cases where these technologies have the potential of solving huge problems. The use of genetically modified (GM) food and the use of irradiation to preserve food for example, are heavily emotionalised and in parts of the world antis tend to win the battles.



Huub Lelieveld is President of the Global Harmonization Initiative and the fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology. He is an editor and co-editor of numerous books, including “Hygiene in food processing”, the “Handbook of hygiene control in the food industry", “Food preservation by pulsed electric fields”. He wrote chapters for many books and encyclopedia, hundreds of scientific articles and articles for magazines and presented hundreds of papers, globally. He has been awarded Doctor Honoris Causa at the National University of Food Technologies in Kiev, Ukraine and has got several other awards in Europe and the USA.

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