28 October 2011
Scottish Enterprise’s forecasting report on sustainability in the life sciences sector looks at the global challenges and opportunities in areas including new crop technologies, food for health and wellness and industrial biotechnology.
The report highlights that as the global population grows to a predicted 9.2 billion by 2050, agricultural productivity will need to double to cope. More consumers will also mean a greater need for energy, water and raw materials – and the creation of more waste.
Meeting these needs in a sustainable manner will be key – for example producing better crop yields with less water, land, fuel and agrochemicals.
Sustainability covers a number of key sectors in Scotland - life sciences, energy, food and drink, textiles and chemicals. The report looks at how what opportunities there are for Scotland’s life sciences and biotech sector to tap into these.
Read the foresighting report on the Scottish Enterprise website