Insects as a resource
Their great diversity and broad food spectrum make insects a unique resource for the bioeconomy. This in-depth report sheds light on how humans utilise insects and the natural products they produce and highlights the research into innovative applications.
Rye - the cereal of the future?
Breakthroughs in breeding could lead to a comeback for this overlooked crop - especially during the climate crisis.
Bioeconomy in space
Space is an extraordinary and fascinating environment. Biobased innovations can help open up the universe as a space suitable for living. At the same time, satellites and other innovations in space research help to further develop the bioeconomy on Earth.
Studies and statistics
IIASA (2023): Feeding climate and biodiversity goals with novel plant-based meat alternatives
Replacing 50% of meat and dairy products with plant-based alternatives by 2050 can reduce agriculture and land use related greenhouse gas emissions by 31% and halt the degradation of forest and natural land, according to a recent study.
The bioeconomy has rapidly developed in recent years. What has been accomplished in the last five years alone is truly impressive: Many bioeconomy products have become bestsellers. Bio-based start-ups have grown into medium-sized companies. And established, traditional industrial companies are integrating bio-based production steps into their existing structures.
In the spotlight
Most users know that the production of smartphones places a heavy burden on the environment. But protective covers made of plastic can also be harmful to humans and nature. Manufacturers use plant-based plastic alternatives to develop more sustainable products.
How many smartphones are sold in Germany each year?
This is wrong, but roughly equivalent to the number of smartphone users in Germany.
Kebabs to go are usually wrapped in aluminium foil. An award-winning innovative paper packaging offers a more sustainable solution.
How much packaging waste is generated statistically per capita and year in Germany?
No, its about double.
Correct. This is the per capita consumption of the year 2020.
Concerns about animal welfare, the climate and the environment are increasingly prompting consumers to buy vegan imitation leather. Leave-based leather alternatives impress with their unique look and are biodegradable.
According to PETA, how many animals are killed worldwide each year for leather products?
A large proportion of all items of clothing produced world-wide is made of synthetic fibres such as polyester – and the amount is rising. A German textile company is looking for alternative solutions and presents biodegradable workwear from plant based raw materials.
Statistically, about how many items of clothing are bought by each German per year?
Unfortunately not, it is about 3 times more.
Reports on egg factory farms and the health condition of hens has spoilt some people's appetite for eggs. But eggs without chicken – is that possible? Innovative plant-based products conquer the market.
What was the per capita consumption of eggs in Germany 2022?
Less than that. About "1 egg a day" does not hold true in Germany.