Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack released a statement today on the growth of USDA's BioPreferred Program, which has certified more than 2,500 products in 100 categories.

Tide detergent from Procter & Gamble is the most recent product to be certified biobased by the USDA's BioPreferred Program.

The Farm Bill (legislation) of 2002 was responsible for the inception of the program, and the Farm Bill of 2014 was responsible for its expansion.

Increased biobased product development, purchase, and use will reduce our nation's reliance on petroleum and increase the use of renewable agricultural materials.

The term "biobased" refers to products that are made from renewable resources such as plants and other agricultural, marine, and forestry materials.

The USDA Certified Biobased Product label is intended to provide consumers with useful information about the product's biobased content.

purpose of the USDA Certified Biobased Product

The label guarantees that the product contains a certain amount of USDA-verified renewable biological ingredients.

benefits of biobased products? 

Biobased products are cost-comparable, readily available (made by small and large companies), and perform as well or better than petroleum-based products.

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Environment

Biobased products also help us use more renewable resources while using less nonrenewable resources like petroleum.

In the United States, biobased products displace approximately 300 million gallons of petroleum per year, the equivalent of removing 200,000 cars from the road.

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