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Farm-grown bioplastic

Tim Hammerich
Journalist

It’s time to publish your Farm of the Future report. I am Tim Hammerich.

Agriculture is expected to provide not only food and fiber, but also fuel and ecosystem services like carbon sequestration. Another need farmers could help fill is replacing the petroleum-based plastics that have flooded our landfills and oceans. Mark Remmert is the CEO of bioplastics company Green Dot.

Remmert… “There are starting to be more and more examples of successful companies converting to bioplastics. And so I think it’s going to be a lot like the groundswell that eventually happened with alternative energy. For a long time, wind turbines and solar panels seemed to be, you know, kind of a really fringe, crazy way to think about power generation. Today we see wind farms and solar farms going up much faster. And I think the same will happen with bioplastics.

Not only do Green Dot provide a cleaner, more renewable alternative to plastic using agricultural by-products, they also create resins that can also biodegrade in the ocean.

Remmert… “And while we’re certainly not advocating that people dump their trash in the ocean, if it ends up there, rather than turning into microplastics and significantly affecting ocean life, these materials can also generally biodegrade.”

One more potential market for the farm of the future.

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