Canadians Launch Primer on Bioproducts

Canadians Launch Primer on Bioproducts

BIOCAP Canada Foundation, a multi-stakeholder university research network, has released a new Primer on Bioproducts to coincide with the BioNorth 2004 event held recently in Ottawa.

A joint project with Pollution Probe, a Canadian nonprofit environmental organization, the Primer on Bioproducts was designed to provide Canadians with an introduction to biology-based industrial products and processes -- those that use plants, micro-organisms and their products as an alternative, or a complement, to fossil fuels and petrochemicals. BIOCAP Canada Foundation and Pollution Probe have produced this booklet to make readers aware of bioproducts, and to help them participate in a public dialogue on the potential risks and benefits of using these products, for example, as bioplastics as an alternative to fossil fuels.

"Canada has an unparalleled capacity for the development of bioproducts," said David Pollock, executive director of the BIOCAP Canada Foundation. "Our country is home to seven per cent of the Earth's land mass, 10% of its forests and we boast over 68 million hectares of agricultural land in production. We have a responsibility to research how our 'Green Advantage' can be developed into a viable and renewable source of energy, chemicals, and materials."

"Bioproducts are generating considerable interest in Canada because they represent an opportunity for industry and communities to become less dependent on non-renewable fossil fuels, which come with related environmental problems," said Pollution Probe's executive director Ken Ogilvie.