For 40 years, digital technology has accelerated productivity and economic growth. Today, the rapidly growing bioeconomy (agriculture, forestry, fisheries, etc.) is affecting a similar transformation. Based on DNA rather than silicon, Canadian innovation in the bioeconomy—fuelled by cutting-edge science and technology—is already reaping benefits in health, the environment and other sectors and promises to have a big impact on our economy. (Bioeconomy-related exports today account for more than 20 per cent of Canada’s exports—more than oil, gas and the automotive sectors.)
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