In a global context where the demand for food is expected to increase as resources become scarcer, and where agricultural and livestock production and supply is being affected by climate change, biotechnological innovation is becoming a key factor for the future of the sector.
We are talking about a sector of huge economic and social importance. Agriculture employs more than 10 million people in the European Union and over 800,000 in Spain alone. The food and beverage industry has become the main manufacturing sector, both in Europe (with turnover over €1.1 trillion and 4.6 million employees) and in our country, with production value over €113 billion a year and 496,200 employees.
But we’re also talking about a highly fragmented, diverse sector that needs appropriate measures and guidance so that innovation can be implemented and provide solutions to challenges like improving species in response to growing environmental stress, correctly managing scarce resources, animal health, food safety and the right response to new consumer demands.
At Asebio we work to promote measures that help boost innovation in the food and beverage sector, facilitating technology transfer, working with the government to set up a favorable regulatory framework and participating in social awareness actions.
Biotechnology plays an increasingly essential role in agriculture and livestock, allowing this sector to handle various social challenges by applying the latest scientific knowledge.
Innovation in the food and beverage industry invariably involves biotechnological innovation. This ranges from producing new, healthier foods to having better control over quality and safety throughout distribution and consumption.
Asebio proposes various measures and actions in the political, economic and social arenas to help the benefits of agrifood biotechnology reach the general public.