Bio-economy at the Crossroads of Sustainable Development

  • José G. Vargas-HernándezEmail author
  • Karina Pallagst
  • Patricia Hammer
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This chapter aims to review, analyze, and systematize the knowledge created on bio-economy to develop a conceptual and theoretical framework based on the transdisciplinary study of biology and socioeconomy to be used in further research. It begins from the questioning of what are the benefits that bio-economy has compared to the neoclassical economy. The methods employed are the critical analytic, descriptive, and deductive-inductive and suggest holistic and transdisciplinary approaches. As a result, the core of the chapter presents the principles under which this new scientific paradigm in sustainable development can continue creating more scientific knowledge to be used in the formulation and implementation of strategic choices for the bioproduction, biodistribution, and bioconsumption process.


Bio-economy Green economy Knowledge-based economy Sustainable development Strategic choices 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • José G. Vargas-Hernández
    • 1
    Email author
  • Karina Pallagst
    • 2
  • Patricia Hammer
    • 2
  1. 1.University Center for Economic and Managerial SciencesUniversity of GuadalajaraGuadalajaraMexico
  2. 2.IPS Department International Planning Systems, Faculty of Spatial and Environmental PlanningTechnische Universität KaiserslauternKaiserslauternGermany

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