Closing the Loop: The Bioeconomy and Agriculture

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Closing the Loop: The Bioeconomy and Agriculture

The bioeconomy is reshaping our food systems, and many Canadian farmers may not fully grasp its scale and global growth potential. We can enhance and diversify this sector by converting agricultural outputs, residues, and waste into valuable bioproducts, embracing the concept of waste as a resource. In this one-hour discussion, we aim to introduce the concept of the circular economy, an approach that aligns seamlessly with the bioeconomy. The circular economy promotes three core principles: (i) reducing waste and pollution, (ii) maintaining products and materials in use, and (iii) regenerating natural systems.

There are high expectations that the bioeconomy can significantly contribute to the sustainable development of the agro-food system. It can create new business and innovation opportunities, enhance the efficiency and productivity of natural resources, and help agriculture to adapt to climate change. In the course of this discussion, we will explore concrete examples of Canadian bioproducts derived from agricultural biomass. These examples will showcase the practical implications and possibilities that the bioeconomy presents. Moreover, we will delve into the policy opportunities that can be explored, tested, and adopted as part of the transition towards building a circular economy. By embracing these concepts, we can collectively work towards a more sustainable and resilient future for agriculture and food systems.


  • Laura Anthony, Manager, Public Policy at CSA Group
  • Shelley R. King, Chief Executive Officer at Natural Products Canada


  • Brandy Yanchyk, Independent documentary filmmaker and journalist

There is no cost to register. The webinar will be hosted via Zoom. Please feel free to share this invitation with colleagues that may be interested.

The School of Public Policy and the Simpson Centre for Food and Agricultural Policy is pleased to host the Simpson Centre Public Education Series, sponsored by UFA and the RCF.

The Simpson Centre mobilizes research for better policymaking and decision-making to realize a more sustainable agricultural industry. Strengthening the sustainability of agri-food and agribusiness means increasing food production to feed a growing global population, while attending to social and health impacts and the natural environment. We connect researchers, everyday people, industry stakeholders and government actors to scientific issues critical to the future of Canada’s agricultural and food system.

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