“Bioeconomy is Europe’s response to key environmental challenges the world is facing already today. It is meant to reduce the dependence on natural resources, transform manufacturing, promote sustainable production of renewable resources from land, fisheries and aquaculture and their conversion into food, feed, fibre, bio-based products and bio-energy, while growing new jobs and industries.” (European Commission)
The world is faced today with serious challenges such as climate change, resource depletion and environmental degradation. These problems are mainly due to our current fossil-based economy. A Bioeconomy, can help us solve these issues.
As of 2018, almost 50 countries are pursuing bioeconomy development in their policy strategies. This dynamic development has spiked in recent years. Not only governments, but a growing number of societal stakeholders, including research and business networks and NGOs, have started promoting bioeconomy-related initiatives (Bioökonomierat).
Although bioeconomy can offer a better, more sustainable future, it is not per se sustainable. It has to work for both people and the environment. Now, more than ever, a societal debate about bioeoconomy is needed.