How sustainable will biomass production be under the bioeconomy?

BIOECONOMY: what's in it for us?

I just came across this very interesting article from Roeland Bosch, Mattheüs van de Pol and Jim Philp, published in the International Weekly Journal of Science Nature

The authors consider that the future of the bioeconomy requires global sustainability metrics and the creation of a dispute resolution center. They emphasize what we’ve all been already suspecting, namely that world governments haven’t really reached consensus on what “sustainable ” means under the bioeconomy discussion. Such ambiguity can lead to unwanted side effects that will hamper the development of the bioeconomy. Such side-effects can be: “mistrust and protectionism, international disputes and barriers, slow investment and slower growth.”

Developed nations will have an ever-growing demand for biological raw materials and they will rely more and more on developing producing countries. These in turn, as it has been the case with the production of other goods and services, will likely strive to meet these…

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