An investment of one euro in 2010 will generate a return of 10 euro in 2025. An investment of 35,000 euro into research and development over the same time frame will create one full-time job. This is the tremendous growth potential offered by the bioeconomy in the European Union, according to estimates by the European Commission made public in 2012 upon the launch of its strategy “Innovating for Sustainable Growth: A Bioeconomy for Europe.” From such perspective, the recipe for economic growth in the next few decades seems obvious: invest in the bioeconomy. But, for a European Union still in the grip of the most severe economic-financial crisis in history and a policy of austerity that leaves little room for manoeuvre, the primary issue is finding the money to invest –...