“We should all be doing less. We all need to chill.” It wasn’t an obvious rallying cry for delegates at the second Global Bioeconomy Summit in Berlin [the week of September 17], but it was a reasonable summary, albeit a light-hearted one, of the underlying sentiment of the two-day meeting organized by the German Bioeconomy Council.
John Schramski, associate professor of engineering at the University of Georgia, did not mince his words in his talk to delegates. His message? …. civilisation’s dominant conflict with nature is energy consumption …. we are discharging the Earth’s battery and need to re-charge.
Christine Lang, the council’s co-chair [said]: “Throughout the world, we are already seeing the development of new medicines, climate-compatible and resilient crops, health-promoting foodstuffs and environmentally friendly production methods using CRISPR and the like.” Her co-chair on the council, Joachim von Braun, adds: “The bioeconomy can and must make a significant contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals.” …. But if the bioeconomy is going to fix anything, it will need to be communicated much more simply and clearly to the wider public ….
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