How can biotech benefit you
Biotechnology has been used for more than 6,000 years for many interesting and practical purposes: making food, such as bread and cheese, preserving dairy products and fermenting beer.
Although we do not always realise it, biotechnology is a huge part of our everyday lives: from the clothes we wear and how we wash them, the food we eat and the sources it comes from, the medicine we use to keep us healthy and even to the fuel we use to take us where we need to go. Biotech plays an invaluable role in meeting our needs.
No other industry is better placed to enhance the quality of life and respond to society’s ‘Grand Challenges’ of tackling many challenges. These include an ageing and ever increasing population, healthcare choice and affordability, resource efficiency, food security, climate change and energy shortages.
From new drugs that address our medical needs and fight epidemics and rare diseases, to industrial processes that use renewable feedstock instead of crude oil to lower the impact on the environment and crops that are able to grow in harsh climatic conditions and ensure safe and affordable food, biotech pays and will continue to pay economic, social and environmental dividends.
All of these technologies, and those that are still in the pipeline, promise a brighter future for Europe and the world. For this to happen, the industry requires sounds policy decisions that support innovation and risk, as well as a public informed of the benefits of biotech, which creates a healthier, greener, more productive and more sustainable economy.