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

09 October 2023, 13:00 – 16:30 h (CET), online
Hosts: Michael Carus and Lara Dammer (nova-Institute)

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.

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.

Join our webinar for surprising insights and in-depth discussion of a hotly debated issue!


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

Do not miss this opportunity to engage directly with experts from the industry, academia and policy. Join us for an informative and engaging nova Session on “Food and Feed Crops for Bio-based Materials – Facts, Myths, Policy and Practical Examples”. Register now to secure your spot!