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New perspectives on the knowledge-based bio-economy, Conference report

Funded under: FP6-SUSTDEV


The bio-economy is one of the oldest economic sectors known to humanity, and the life sciences and biotechnology are transforming it into one of the newest. We have always depended on nature�s bounty. In fact, human civilisation is firmly rooted in agriculture. Without the invention of farming, we would not have had the necessary basis for civilisation to bloom.
However, it is more than a question of food. Natural and biological resources are the raw materials for the majority of the products on which we depend: from the paper you are reading this document on to the clothes on your back.
But the bio-economy should not be written off as some outdated notion - the �primordial soup� from which the modern economy emerged. It is also leading the charge into the 21st century and is at the vanguard of the emerging knowledge-based economy. �As citizens of planet Earth, it is not surprising that we turn to Mother Earth - to life itself - to help our economies to develop in a way which should not just enhance our quality of life, but also maintain it for future generations,� said EU Science and Research Commissioner Janez Potocnik.
�The knowledge-based bio-economy (KBBE) is a desirable path to tread. It will enhance Europe�s competitiveness, rural development, sustainability and the environment,� argued Christian Patermann, director of Biotechnology, Agriculture and Food Research at the European Commission.
In recognition of the growing importance of the bio-economy, the European Commission - in collaboration with the UK Presidency of the EU (second half of 2005) - organised this international conference in Brussels, Belgium, on 15-16 September 2005.

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Authors: No author stated, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2006. 24 pp, free of charge
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