Building a circular 'bioeconomy' needs big changes

Building a circular 'bioeconomy' needs big changes
The PM's chief science adviser Juliet Gerrard (second from right) addresses the Scion forum in Wellington. (Image: BusinessDesk)
Greg Hurrell
New Zealand needs a “circular economy” based on biology, not fossil fuels, but would have to completely upend its economic system and values to get there, a forum in Wellington heard last week.The symposium, “Transition to a Circular Bioeconomy” was run by Scion, the crown research institute tasked with research and technology development in the forestry and biomaterial sectors.A circular economy is generally based on the reuse, repair and refurbishment of materials and waste in a sustainable way as opposed to a linear e...

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