BioMonitor workshop at the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA)

30 Jul 2022

Contribution of the Bioeconomy to the SDGs: Challenges for Monitoring, Measurement and Modelling


BioMonitor will organize a workshop on July 30, just before the meetings of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) in Anaheim, CA, USA.

The workshop will provide an up-to-date overview of the bioeconomy and its contributions to the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Measurement and monitoring issues will be discussed together with the recent progress in this respect achieved by an EU Horizon 2020 project BioMonitor. The AAEA members will gain insights into the details of the EU bioeconomy policies and will discuss their releveance to the United States and other regions. The workshop will consist of a set of presentations followed by a panel discussion.

BioMonitor project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and Innovation programme under grant agreement N°773297. You can find more information about the project at


Saturday, July 30, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Anaheim, CA time, UTC-7h

2:00 pm – 2:10 pm     Opening of the workshop and the introduction to the BioMonitor project (Justus Wesseler, 10’)

2:10 pm – 2:35 pm     The Bioeconomy and the Future of Agriculture (David Zilberman, 20’ + 5’)

2:35 pm – 3:00 pm     Framework for Assessing the Development of a Circular Bioeconomy (Maximilian Kardung, 20’ + 5’)

3:00 pm – 3:25 pm     Bioeconomy Real Options and Sustainability (Kutay Cingiz, 20’ + 5’)

3:25 pm – 3:35 pm     Coffee break

3:35 pm – 4:00 pm     European Bioeconomy: Empirical Challenges and Opportunities from Case Studies (Claudio Soregaroli, 20’ + 5’)

4:00 pm – 4:25 pm     Tracing Flows of lost or Discarded Food Biomass along Global Food Supply Chains (Alessandro Gatto, 20’ + 5’)

4:25 pm – 4:50 pm     Advances in Measuring the Bioeconomy(George Frisvold, 20’ + 5’)

4:50 pm – 5:00 pm     Panel Discussion








Title of presentation: The Bioeconomy and the future of agriculture

Society is facing food security, climate change, and sustainability challenges. We will argue that the bioeconomy, harnessing modern biological tools and natural resources- can transform agriculture and address these societal challenges. To this end, we will use economic argumentation and empirical findings to argue that need to modify existing regulations, enhan ce investment in Innovation and implementation and rethink the role of agriculture- in both developing and developed nations.

Related publications

Zilberman, D., Kim, E., Kirschner, S., Kaplan, S. and Reeves, J. (2013). Technology and the future bioeconomy. Agricultural Economics 44, 95-102.

Zilberman, D. (2013). The Economics of Sustainable Development. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 96(2): 385–396.


Title of presentation: Framework for Assessing the Development of a Circular Bioeconomy

We will present a theoretical framework that accommodates any number of well-defined quantitative indicators to make it easier for decision-makers to see the overall development of the circular bioeconomy. We found that the circular bioeconomies of ten EU countries generally progressed over the period of 2006–2016, but not all indicators exhibited this general development.

Related publications

Kardung, M., & Drabik, D. (2021). Full speed ahead or floating around? Dynamics of selected circular bioeconomies in Europe. Ecological Economics, 188(January), 107146.

Kardung, M., Cingiz, K., Costenoble, O., Delahaye, R., Heijman, W., Lovrić, M., van Leeuwen, M., M’Barek, R., van Meijl, H., Piotrowski, S., Ronzon, T., Sauer, J., Verhoog, D., Verkerk, P. J., Vrachioli, M., Wesseler, J. H., & Zhu, B. X. (2021). Development of the Circular Bioeconomy: Drivers and Indicators. Sustainability, 13(1), 413.


Title of presentation: Bioeconomy Real Options and Sustainability

We implement the genuine investment framework for assessing the sustainability of the bioeconomy. First, we introduce the concept based on the seminal paper by Arrow et al (2012) and advance their model by including uncertainty and irreversibility explicitly and link the model with the EU bioeconomy strategy and discuss the implications for measuring and monitoring the development of the EU Bioeconomy.

Related publications

Cingiz K, Gonzalez-Hermoso H, Heijman W, Wesseler JHH. A Cross-Country Measurement of the EU Bioeconomy: An Input–Output Approach. Sustainability. 2021; 13(6):3033.

Cingiz, K., Wesseler, J. (2019). Opportunities and the Policy Challenges to the Circular Agri-Food System. In: Dries, L., Heijman, W., Jongeneel, R., Purnhagen, K., Wesseler, J. (eds) EU Bioeconomy Economics and Policies: Volume II. Palgrave Advances in Bioeconomy: Economics and Policies. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.


Title of presentation: European Bioeconomy: empirical challenges and opportunities from case studies

Based on the empirical evidence gathered in the BioMonitor project, in this presentation case studies dealing with different bioeconomy branches in the European Union will be jointly analysed to highlight common challenges and opportunities for data collection methods and modelling frameworks.

Related publications

Tassinari, G., Drabik, D., Boccaletti, S., & Soregaroli, C. (2021). Case studies research in the bioeconomy: A systematic literature review. Agricultural Economics (Czech Republic), 67(7), 286-303.


  • Alessandro Gatto (on behalf of Hans van Meijl) (, Wageningen University and Wageningen Economic Research, The Netherlands

Title of presentation: Tracing flows of lost or discarded food biomass along global food supply chains

Bridging economic and technical modelling of biomass flows, we trace food loss and waste (FLW) in physical quantities along global food supply chains (FSC) in the global macroeconomic model MAGNET. We compile a new global FLW database and investigate how transitioning towards the EAT-Lancet diet influences FLW magnitude and location along FSC in 2030. We address current FLW data and methodological inconsistencies, providing a starting point for bridging economic and technical models to assist policies and multidisciplinary investigations on FLW.

Related publications

Gatto, A., Kuiper, M., and van Meijl H. 2022. Healthier but wasteful? Changes in food loss and waste along global food supply chains with healthier diets. In press.


Title of presentation: Advances in Measuring the Bioeconomy

Earlier North American approaches to measure the bioeconomy began from a narrower conception of the bioeconomy, while practitioners in the EU (and elsewhere) have started from a broader definition. Recent activities in the US and EU suggest movement toward convergence of approaches, which will hopefully facilitate future research collaboration and policy cooperation.

Related publications

Frisvold, G. B., Moss, S. M., Hodgson, A., & Maxon, M. E. (2021). Understanding the US Bioeconomy: A New Definition and Landscape. Sustainability, 13(4), 1627.

Duval, D. Bickel, A., Frisvold, G.B., Zheng, W. (2021). The Nature-Based Restorative Economy in Santa Cruz County, Arizona. University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, Tucson, AZ

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