TWC Lesson 7

Today’s lesson was on BioBusiness Revolution: Agribiology, environmental life sciences and industrial biotechnology

We explored the different colours of biotechnology:
red-biomedical uses
green-plants and animals
blue-marine applications
white-industrial applications
We looked at how urbanization is an increasing trend today, where people are becoming more educated and consumption habits are changing.

Key lessons to note from this lesson

Agri-veterinary & Food Bio  Business
-Agriculture- there are summit opportunities within agriculture today, where people are moving towards consuming organic food, and there is undoubtedly a growing market towards organic food. However, much more education and awareness has to be done to better teach people how to be sustainable.

-Fisheries & aquaculture- fish cultivating

-Animal husbandry

-Forest & Lumber- In America, only 4-5% of forests left. The Amazon forest is heavily being lost.

-Agri biotechnology- GM food. Labeling should be encouraged

-Food processing-preserving food for longer periods

-Food biotechnology- getting into stem cells and production of burgers

AGRIBIOLOGY VS AGRIBIOTECHNOLOGY

Farmer to farmist: Increasingly, specialised knowledge for farming is needed and people are beginning to start taking over farming companies and processes which help increase productivity and efficiency

Shifting towards GM Food?- there has been a debate around countries as to whether it is appropriate to move towards GM food. It is amazing how we see two different countries taking different approaches. While the EU is making it mandatory to label GM products, and is in fact rather hesitant in moving towards it, on the other hand, in the US, the government and companies are encouraging non labelling of GM products and seem to be pushing for GM food in the industry.

Food security: condition where all people, at all times have physical and economic access to sufficient safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. Everybody definitely has a right to adequate food and to be free from hunger. The more sustainable our agriculture is, the less damages we will encounter.

This week’s presentation was a continuation from last week’s lesson and it really enlightened me as i initially thought biobusiness was only about healthcare. Presentations wise, it was eye opening to learn about how high protein steak is being made from human waste, yet it is definitely something I would not try even if it its free of charge! I’ll rate today’s lesson a 8/10.

 

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