05.06.2014

Argentine Bioeconomy 2014 was inaugurated

The most important event devoted to bioeconomy was inaugurated in Buenos Aires with the presence of renowned national and international experts. New trends in food processing will be discussed by experts until Friday June 6.

Argentine Bioeconomy 2014 was inaugurated

Ruth Ladenheim, the secretary of the Department of Planning and Policy of this Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, with Alejandro Mentaberry, executive coordinator of the Scientific and Technological Cabinet (GACTEC).

The second edition of the Argentine Bioeconomy Symposium was inaugurated this morning, the most important meeting on the subject organized by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, through the Ministry of Planning and Policy. Under the slogan "The future of food innovation", foreign and national reference people participate today and tomorrow in panel discussions and conferences on the global demand for food with high added value, the Argentine food agribusiness and the sector promotion public policies. The closing of the symposium will be headed tomorrow at 4:30 pm by the Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Lino Barañao.

The opening ceremony of the event was led by Ruth Ladenheim, Secretary of Planning and Policy, who said that from the Ministry “we locate knowledge as crucial to increase competitiveness and productivity of our production matrix, and in particular, the agrifood sector”. In this sense, "the goal is to transform this production matrix with products and more technology-intensive services and value added."

The first day of the symposium received the American expert in probiotics, functional foods and food safety, Roger Clemens, who in his speech about the alimentary system of the future explained that "the great challenge is how to feed a population increasing exponentially when one of the biggest problems is undernourishment". Accordingly, he stated that "the key is to identify crops that are compatible and adaptable" and he stressed the importance of investing in research to develop more nutritious and safe food for the population.

The second module dealt with new trends in food processing and Rickey Yada, expert in nanoscience and nanotechnology in foods from the University of Guelph, Canada, spoke about the opportunities and challenges offered by this discipline and its presence in our daily lives. He further explained that in relation to agrifood, nanotechnology is applied at different stages of production process, from origin to packaging, which “can preserve the food from the environment and ensure its safety”.

Meanwhile, Paulo Sobral from the University of Sao Paulo, gave a talk on advances in food packaging, he emphasized the innovation in the development of bioplastics based on natural macromolecules”. He stressed the importance of biodegradability and smart packaging which "control the state of food".

Octavio Paredes López from the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute (CINVESTAV) of Mexico, specialist in non-traditional crops, spoke about the scientific, technological and nutraceutical potential of crops such as amaranth, chia, canary seed, quinoa, maca and kañiwa. In this regard, he emphasized the cultural aspects and potentialities through family farming techniques.

The first day presentations were completed with Srinivasan Damodaran from the University of Wisconsin, USA, who referred to soy as a protein source of the future; and Hisanori Kato, who on behalf of the University of Tokyo, introduced the new horizons of functional foods.

Moreover, authorities from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation; from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries; from the Ministry of Health; and members of various agencies and institutions related to topics to be discussed will offer tomorrow lectures and workshops complementary to the event.

About bioeconomy

This discipline emphasizes the integrated and sustainable biomass process to get food, biofuels, thermal energy, chemicals and materials with various productive purposes. It also highlights the importance of new engineering processes and applications of biotechnology, nanotechnology and information technology to increase efficiency and competitiveness of the agro-industrial area.

It is worth mentioning that the Ministry of Science participates in the innovation process, funding scientific research and technological development, promoting coordination of public-private partnerships and helping to establish regulatory frameworks to encourage risk investment.

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