The U.S. Department of Agriculture's BioPreferred program announced that a final rule to initiate a voluntary product certification and labeling program for qualifying biobased products was published in the Federal Register last week. This new label will clearly identify biobased products made from renewable resources, and will promote the increased sale and use of these products in the commercial market and for consumers.
"Today's consumers are increasingly interested in making educated purchasing choices for their families," said Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan. "This label will make those decisions easier by identifying products as biobased. These products have enormous potential to create green jobs in rural communities, add value to agricultural commodities, decrease environmental impacts, and reduce our dependence on imported oil."
Biobased products are those composed wholly or significantly of biological ingredients — renewable plant, animal, marine or forestry materials.
Original news release