Of all the interested parties you expect to be boosting biotech…well, environmental charities haven’t exactly been high on that list. Here’s an exception.
The WWF report Industrial biotechnology – more than green fuel in a dirty economy?,which has been published today, concludes that industrial biotechnology can provide dramatic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and provide strong
progress toward a green and sustainable economy. WWF calls for increased political backing for the industry to leverage the positive environmental effects. The findings are based on peer-reviewed research from Novozymes, the world leader in bioinnovation, as well as contributions from experts and WWF.
Make of it what you will. But it’s worth noting that, like information technology, biotechnology is a cluster of technologies that’s bound to have its upsides and downsides, environmentally. I’ve blogged before about how some folks see way too eager to hop on the bio-enviro bandwagon, even going so far as to equate the terms “industrial biotechnology” and “green chemistry.” But it’s interesting here to see a major, reputable environmental NGO touting the green side of biotech.