Food and Feed Crops for Bio-based Materials – Facts, Myths, Policy and Practical Examples

nova Session - 9 October 2023, 13:00 – 16:30 h (CET), online

There is a widely held view that the use of food and feed crops for anything other than food and feed uses – namely, for bio-based chemicals and materials – is detrimental to food security. We are ready to challenge this perception and want to encourage differentiated discussions and evidence-based opinion making.

9 October 2023, 13:00 – 16:30 h (CET), online

Hosts: Lara Dammer, Michael Carus (nova-Institute)

In this half-day webinar, nova-Institute will present findings from latest research indicating that the impacts of using food and feed crops are much more complex than usually assumed and can even be positive, with regards to climate, land productivity, environment, farmers’ income, market stability, feed security and food security. Experts will also highlight the recent political framework for using biomass for biofuels and bio-based chemicals and materials. Three companies will showcase their ways of using sustainably sourced primary biomass.


  • Why bio-based materials have an important role to play for mitigating climate change
  • Global biomass availability
  • Overall environmental impacts and sustainability assessments
  • Economic effects
  • Protein supply and emergency reserves
  • Political framework
  • Practical examples of companies utilising sustainably sourced primary biomass

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nova-Institute, press release, 2023-10-05.


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