Scientific, technological and economic performance levels of the agricultural biotechnology sector in Europe will be discussed in the light of changing future environmental, population and societal needs. Amongst the key factors driving change in future agricultural biotechnology are food security, energy security, adaptation to climate change, reactions to the global financial crisis, and the rise of new economies. Given these competing and at times conflicting forces, agricultural biotechnology in Europe faces a challenging time in the coming years. Short and medium term approaches designed to deal with these challenges will be discussed.
- agriculture industry
- climate change