Engineering an economy built by biology

new report urges the U.S. to invest billions of dollars in developing a workforce and infrastructure to support an economy built on biologically engineered and produced materials, medicines, fuel and food.

Why it matters: Proponents of developing the “bioeconomy” say that creating biologically based products will reduce manufacturing’s reliance on fossil fuels and bolster supply chains, while creating jobs in the process.

How it works: Instead of engineering petroleum into chemicals, fuels and materials, manufacturers would use microbes, biomass and other biological resources as feedstocks, catalysts and other tools.

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