Biopolymers from crops: their potential to improve the environment

Publication Type Conference Proceedings
Year
Journal
Organization
Editor
Primary Author Michael, David
Volume
Issue
Pages
URL http://www.regional.org.au/au/asa/2003/c/11/michael.htm
DOI
Abstract Development of a bio-plastics industry in Australia has potential to benefit the environment and Australian agriculture by creating new markets for existing and new crops and increased competition at the farm-gate. Bio-plastics might also benefit the Australian plastics industry a lot more than it currently thinks it would! The worldwide interest in renewable resources, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and more efficient and effective management of waste has created renewed interest in bio-plastics. The immediate problem for Australia is the bio-plastics industry doesn’t exist here. But the raw materials, plant breeding expertise, molecular scientists and biochemists are here to develop one. And there are over 2,000 synthetic plastic resin converters operating here. A systematic and coordinated industry development program, with significant investments in resin plants and strategic research is required.
Publisher
Publisher City
ISSN
Conference 11th Australian Agronomy Conference, Australian Society of Agronomy
Call Number
Notes