USDA BioPreferred label program growing among packaging industry

03/22/2012

There is a plethora of labeling claims in the marketplace. However, not all labels receive the support of the Oval Office.

President Obama recently issued a memorandum calling for the expansion of the USDA BioPreferred program, which includes the UDSA's voluntary product certification and labeling program, and greater adoption of the program by federal agencies.

The BioPreferred label designates products that are composed wholly or significantly of renewable plant, animal, marine or forestry materials. The President has directed federal agencies to report on their purchases of BioPreferred certified products and asked the USDA to double the number of categories and products that are designated BioPreferred over the next 12 months.

The BioPreferred program, established by the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 and strengthened by the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008, is intended to increase Federal procurement of biobased products to promote rural economic development, create new jobs, and provide new markets for farm commodities. ...
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