Creating closed-loop economies: transitioning to a "Carbohydrate Economy" by turning agricultural and forestry waste into industrial products report for Idaho, Oregon, and Washington

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Title: Creating closed-loop economies: transitioning to a "Carbohydrate Economy" by turning agricultural and forestry waste into industrial products report for Idaho, Oregon, and Washington
Author: Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Abstract: This report examines the agricultural and forestry economies in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, focusing on the potential for using agricultural and forestry waste as raw material for the manufacture of industrial products (e.g., liquid fuels, building materials and industrial chemicals, such as ink pigment). Transition to an economy based on waste biomass has been called a "carbohydrate economy". The report is a component of a multi-year initiative between the Center for Watershed and Community Health of Oregon and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance of Minneapolis, MN. and Washington D.C. to identify the policies, programs and practices needed to stimulate closed-loop economic development across the Pacific Northwest. The first chapter provides a general overview of the current availability and use of agricultural and forestry waste. The second chapter, divided into three sections by state, offers (1) a more detailed look at current industrial uses of agricultural and forestry waste in each state, (2) a review of research underway to promote the use of agricultural and forestry waste, (3) a survey of the potential for economic development in that sector, and (4) a review of the financing available to make that development possible. The third chapter draws conclusions and makes recommendations from the first two chapters. Appendix A describes the effort in Minnesota to promote the use agricultural products as a raw material for industry.
Description: 25 p.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1794/2392
Date: 1998-01


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