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USDA's BioPreferred Program

August 01, 2012
Jean Van Rensselar
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USDA’s BioPreferred Program

Excerpt from TLT's Feature Article in August 2012, The Growth of Biobased Metalworking Fluids by Jean Van Rensselar. Read the rest of the article here when it's available.

The purpose of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's BioPreferred® program is to promote the increased purchase and use of biobased products with the effect of reducing petroleum consumption, increasing the use of renewable resources and better managing the carbon cycle---which may contribute to reducing adverse environmental and health impacts.  The USDA BioPreferred program has two major initiatives:

  • Product Labeling. The USDA certifies and awards labels to qualifying products to increase consumer recognition of biobased products.
  • Federal Procurement Preference. USDA designates categories of biobased products that are given preference by Federal agencies when making purchasing decisions.

Official audits of biobased products designated as BioPreferred began in March. The purpose of the audits is to ensure the integrity of the voluntary biobased product certification and labeling initiative and the preferred federal procurement initiative. The audits provide oversight and monitoring of the products affiliated with the program to ensure that the products’ biobased content information is accurate and meets the requirements of both initiatives.

For more information visit: http://www.biopreferred.gov/.

Editor's Note: For more in-depth information on this topic, check out the STLE Webinar: “USDA BioPreferred Program,” presented by Rudy Pruszko (Industrial Specialist at CIRAS, Iowa State University). Archived recording available for purchase at www.stle.org. Cost: $39 (STLE members), $59 (non-members).

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