by Blake Metzger, Agricultural Systems Management major
ag-bi-o-sci-ence NOUN: the core driver of economic growth and business expansion opportunities (Ohio Farm Bureau)
A new word has been trending in Ohio, and it could be the solution to new and lifelong challenges facing humankind. Battelle, the world’s largest independent research and development organization is a main driving force for the use of “Agbioscience.” Ag-bio pulls together the use of advanced agricultural inputs such as farm products and processing to produce more wholesome foods and be used as a host for industrial and commercial goods. For Ohio this means jobs and who doesn’t love jobs?
Energy jobs could be come of this too. A study done by the federal government states homegrown plant material could replace 60 percent of our nation’s oil consumption. With Battelle estimating two-thirds of the petroleum based chemicals in some 50,000 products could be replaced by farm products. This is huge; we could one day be the ones exporting our products instead of importing.
But as with any industry growth, ag-bio requires nurturing. Advocating for laws, regulations, funding, education and training will need a big public support not just from the Ohio Farm Bureau but also from we as individuals. Battelle says it best when they state: “There is no other arena of economic activity, or field of science and innovation, that so directly addresses human survival and quality of life, global economic development, and prospects for an environmentally sustainable future as agriculture and agbioscience.” A new word is on the horizon and that word is “Agbioscience.”
This blog post was an assignment for Societal Issues: Pesticides, Alternatives and the Environment (PLNTPTH 4597). The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the class, Department of Plant Pathology or the instructor.