Biotechnology plays an essential role in innovation in the agrifood sector. The scientific knowledge it generates helps boost agricultural, livestock and industrial productivity, improve human nutrition and health and reduce the impact on the environment.
The contributions of agrifood biotechnology are essential to human wellbeing, to limiting and reversing climate change, and to developing a new bioeconomy that is more compassionate, sustainable and eco-friendly.
New plant varieties, animal breeds and microbial strains improved for industrial use; more effective veterinary drugs and vaccines, and new molecular diagnostic tools; new foods and food ingredients that are healthier and more attractive to consumers; ways to reuse food and agricultural waste to generate new products and cut contaminated waste… These are just some of biotechnology’s contributions to the sector that we would like to highlight.
So, in the Asebio Agrifood Comission, we work to raise awareness of these developments and bring about the right conditions to ensure that all of society can benefit from them.
The comission has two discussion groups: Agriculture (coordinated by Carlos Vicente, of Bayer) and Nutrition (coordinated by Daniel Ramón, of Biopolis).
- To eliminate the administrative, financial and social hurdles that hinder the contributions of biotechnology to agrifood production and environmental conservation
- To promote an appropriate, stable regulatory framework in Spain and Europe
- To put agrifood biotechnology on the agenda of public institutions and governments, encouraging measures to promote and support the sector
- To boost visibility and recognition of biotechnology for agrifood and the role it plays in ensuring safe, sustainable, quality nutrition