USDA Certified BioPreferred: The Impact

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What is BioPreferred?

BioPreferred is a program managed by the USDA. The program started in 2002 as part of the 2002 Farm Bill and was later expanded as part of the Agricultural Farm Act of 2014.

The goal of the BioPreferred program is to promote and encourage the innovative use of biobased materials in the US, thus creating new jobs and stimulating economic development by providing new markets for America’s farm-based commodities.

Learning to properly utilize the nation’s biobased materials will lessen our dependence on petroleum. Promoting and encouraging the use of renewable agricultural resources also offers significant environmental benefits.

The BioPreferred program entails mandatory purchasing requirements for federal agencies and their contractors and a voluntary labeling initiative for those who produce biobased products.

The Real Impact of the BioPreferred Program

In 2014, Congress asked for a report regarding the impact of the BioPreferred program. The report, released the following year, found that the Biobased Industry had accomplished the following:

Created 4 million American jobs
Created 4 million American jobs
Added $369 billion dollars in gross domestic product to the US economy
Added $369 billion dollars in gross domestic product to the US economy
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For every 1 Biobased job, 1.64 more US jobs were created
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Replaced 300 million gallons of petroleum with biobased alternatives per year

 

 

 

 

 

The study confirmed that America’s BioEconomy is a powerful part of the American economy as a whole, thus proving the positive impact of programs like BioPreferred.

BioPreferred Now and in the Future

Federal agencies are required to purchase biobased products in accordance with the FAR (Federal Acquisition Regulation) and Presidential Executive Orders, and this purchasing trend is spreading to non-government entities such as Fortune 500 companies as well.

The government’s increased interest in Biobased products has inspired many US companies to experiment and come up with innovative uses for biobased resources as well. As of October 2014, approximately 2,100 biobased products carry the USDA Certified Biobased Label. This includes products in more than 187 product categories.

Every time you make the decision to seek out BioPreferred products, you are creating jobs and lasting economic and environmental change for our country.

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