06.06.2014

Barañao closed Bioeconomy 2014, the symposium on food in the future

Over 800 attendees participated in the second edition of this event, where outstanding specialists spoke about innovation in food.

Barañao closed Bioeconomy 2014, the symposium on food in the future

Barañao closed Bioeconomy 2014, the symposium on food in the future.

The Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Lino Barañao, led the closing ceremony of the event Argentine Bioeconomy 2014 "The future of innovation in food”. The event held in Buenos Aires gathered over 800 academics, researchers, students and entrepreneurs interested in global food demand with high added value, the Argentine food agribusiness and the public sector promotion policies.

Barañao said.:"Food production appears as one of the ten significant problems we have to solve in the next 50 years"

During the ceremony, Baraño said that the great challenge of the future will be feeding a population increasing exponentially. In this regard he stated that "food production appears as one of the ten significant problems we have to solve in the next 50 years". Finally, he said that from the Ministry of Science "we face a dual mission: generate state-of-the-art technology to produce food more efficiently and supply the global markets, and, at the same time, generate value chains to create quality work”.

The second day began with a panel on innovation in the food industry. Roberto Bocchetto and Norma Pensel from the National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA) made their presentation. The first presentation referred to the food chains and its main characteristics and highlighted the relationship that should exist between the state and agribusiness inserting it into the production system. Meanwhile, Pensel spoke about the transversal technologies of food processing and outlined an overview of the state of art of these disciplines. The specialist emphasized the spread of the use of membrane technology, vacuum cooking and the development of smart active packaging, among other issues.

Meanwhile, Graciela Ghezan from the School of Agricultural Sciences of the National University of Mar del Plata, explained the technologies critical to the development of agri-food chains and highlighted the challenges in terms of strengthening innovation processes in SMEs, the application of biotechnology and public-private articulation as main axes of this dynamic.

Meanwhile, Fernando Porta from the National University of Quilmes, listed the actions for technological and institutional innovation in agrifood chains, emphasizing those being conducted by the Ministry of Science, as the creation and strengthening of teams of expert in technological surveillance and competitive intelligence, among other subjects.

Ruth Ladenheim, Secretary of Planning and Policy from the Ministry of Science in the last module of the symposium said that "one of the great strengths of our country is the pride we feel for our science", and that "our challenge is to be prepared so that the food we produce become pioneers in the world”. Alejandro Mentaberry, executive coordinator of the Scientific and Technological Cabinet (GACTEC), and Roberto Delgado, Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries.

Finally, Osvaldo Rosales Villavicencio, director of the Division of International Trade and Integration of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), also attended the meeting and gave a presentation on global scenarios and opportunities for regional integration and the challenges for agri-food chains.

The presentations of the second day were completed with Mercedes Nimo, who spoke about the role of Argentina in the food industry of the future Luciano Lopez Jáuregui, director of Research and Development at Molinos Rio de La Plata, who referred to innovation as a tool for product development; and Leandro Merlo, managing partner of Arytza SRL, who explained the challenges and opportunities of SMEs for successful market penetration. Experts referred to the importance of the regulatory framework for the development of the food industry; to the challenge of innovation focusing efforts on the production of healthy food; and the need to add value from the needs of consumers.

About bioeconomy

This discipline emphasizes the integrated and sustainable proceeding of biomass to get food, biofuels, thermal energy, chemicals and materials with different 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 also worth recalling 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 encouraging investment risk.

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