Berlin, 30 November 2022
Climate change, dwindling resources, energy crisis, declining biodiversity: the list of global problems and natural risks is long. Prof. Dr. Christine Lang, CSO of BELANO medical AG and professor of microbiology at Technical University Berlin, has therefore once again highlighted ways in which changing economic behavior can provide solutions to many of these problems. “Our economic thinking must change as a whole,” she said as keynote speaker at an event organized by the Berliner Tagesspiegel in cooperation with the BioDeutschland network.
Christine Lang, who is also chair of the International Bioeconomy Council (IACGB), pointed out the importance for developing a true circular economy. “We produce, buy, use and throw away,” she deplored. In contrast, it is already possible today, by utilizing natural processes and with the help of the biosciences, to reuse materials, use renewable resources and thus avoid waste. Natural resources and waste could be converted into new products and returned to the economic cycle.
The economy as a whole must become more sustainable worldwide. “Our economic thinking must not cause crises, but must be part of the solution,” said Prof. Lang, referring, among other things, to the energy crisis, plastic waste and the continuing high emission of climate-damaging gases. She said that it is already possible to use bio-based materials in almost all industrial sectors with the help of natural resources and thanks to research. In the healthcare sector, there are already numerous alternative active ingredients for cosmetics and medical products that are not only based on natural processes, but also promote people’s health in the long term. “The fact that alternatives are still not being implemented and used on a large scale is partly due to the fact that conventional fossil-based products are cheaper, and innovations are promoted in development but not given equal status in market competition.”
Active ingredients such as those developed by BELANO medical for microbiotic skin care or medical products, for example, are based exclusively on natural microbiotic processes and do not contain antibiotics, cortisone, parabens, silicones or mineral oils. Funding for such developments is rare. BELANO medical finances a large part of its research with its own funds and investments or bonds from private investors.
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