The Agricultural/Food/Industrial & Environmental Biotech sector applies life sciences knowledge, biochemistry, and biotechnologies to the processing of agricultural goods and the production of food and nutritional products, and organic and agricultural chemicals. The sector also includes activities around the production of biofuels.
Examples of products:
Food and nutritional products
Fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and fungicides
Corn and soybean oil
Ethanol and biodiesel fuels
Biodegradable materials synthesized from plant-based feedstock
Michigan is home to a number of established and growing Ag/Food/I&E Biotech brands including but not limited to:
The sector, while small is rapidly growing across all of its subsectors, particularly in the bio-based technologies area (i.e., renewable chemicals and biofuels). The Battelle/BIO State Bioscience Industry Development Report 20121 indicated a 55 percent growth in number of businesses in this sector from 2007-2010. Direct employment was 802, with a total impact of 3,500.
1 Battelle/BIO. State Bioscience Industry Development 2012. June 2012. http://www.bio.org/sites/default/files/v3battelle-bio_2012_industry_development.pdf