Inclusion and Resilience in the Bioeconomy

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New technological developments such as CRISPR-Cas, advanced genetic sequencing and the digitalization of agriculture offer promising prospects to realize the potential of a sustainable bioeconomy. At the same time, enormous challenges abound such as the pressure on biodiversity and the associated risk of pandemics, climate change and the ever-increasing global economic inequality. The bioeconomy can play a beneficial role in this; however, this will only be possible if the bioeconomy is developed on the basis of inclusion. In this chapter I will explain the relevance of inclusion for the bioeconomy and describe some of the sociotechnical developments where inclusion should be realized in order to build a resilient and sustainable bioeconomy. These developments include biosphere capacity, global biobased value chains, digital genetic resources and the digitalization of agriculture. I will conclude with the question of who bears responsibility for an inclusive bioeconomy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBio#Futures
Subtitle of host publicationForeseeing and Exploring the Bioeconomy
EditorsEmmanuel Koukios, Anna Sacio-Szymańska
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-64969-2
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-64968-5
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Inclusion
  • Resilience
  • Agency
  • Global value chains
  • Digital sequence information
  • Digitalization of agriculture


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