In the past, considerable research and commercial development was focused on the simultaneous conversion of biomass into food, biomaterials and energy in a same effort. However, market forces have progressively created specialized food and non-food sectors, with currently little or no bridges between them.
All too often, renewable energy and food production are indeed seen as calling for mutually exclusive choices.This rather binary view of global renewable resources is simply the blinkered vision of a society that has become accustomed to the availability of fossil fuels. To meet the challenge of a successfully transition toward the bioeconomy, it is necessary to counteract old trends, using today’s knowledge and tomorrow’s innovation to meet all of humankind’s needs while protecting the planet. Considering that biomass simultaneously provides for food and non-food products needs is required to address resource efficiency, get the most out of biomass while reducing waste.