For centuries, the economic dogma has remained the same: higher, faster, further. Bio-economists are challenging this credo with a whole new concept. They call for a recycling-based economy following nature's example, replacing fossil fuels with renewable raw materials and making the industrial sector more efficient.
Hopes could not be higher: The bioeconomy is expected to solve humanity’s global challenges. For example, feeding growing populations, freeing our energy supply from its fossil fuel-dependency and stopping climate change. The successes of recent years, in particular in materials science, show that these goals are less utopian than they might seem.