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Arundel, A and Sawaya, D (2009) The Bioeconomy to 2030. Discussion Paper. OECD Publishing.

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Abstract

The concept of a "bioeconomy" invites the reader to think about the
global challenges of the future and how the biological sciences may
contribute to solving these complex problems.
There is a growing strategic interest in the concept of the bioeconomy in
the OECD and non-OECD countries, not least because it addresses the
potential for significant global economic, social and environmental benefits
in an integrated framework. But for the bioeconomy to succeed,
considerable uncertainties facing both public and private actors in our
economies will need to be addressed.
A large part of the task of addressing global challenges will involve the
biological sciences, from the contributions of industrial biotechnology
through environmental applications to climate change issues, improved
health outcomes, and feeding global populations with better yielding crops
and better delivery of nutrients and vitamins in foods. Changing population
demographics will mean more creative healthcare solutions for every
generation of citizens. With the evolving consumer appetite for
individualised medical care and medicines, biotechnology can make
significant contributions to economic productivity and wellbeing in the
health sector. Agricultural biotechnology can contribute to a more
sustainable and productive agriculture sector.

Item Type: Report (Discussion Paper)
Publisher: OECD Publishing
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2012 04:05
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2012 04:05
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