BIO Welcomes Release of USDA Report on the Economic Benefits of the Bioeconomy

WASHINGTON--()--USDA’s new report “Why Biobased?” is the first comprehensive federal quantification of the job opportunities and other economic benefits of the growing biobased products and renewable chemical industry. The Biotechnology Industry Organization today thanked Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack for supporting the research and writing of the report.

Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section, noted, “The bioeconomy is rapidly growing, creating new economic opportunities and providing well-paying jobs for tens of thousands of Americans. By 2025, employment in the renewable chemical sector could represent approximately 20 percent of all U.S. chemical jobs.

“USDA’s new report on opportunities in the emerging bioeconomy is an important first step in quantifying those economic impacts, and we thank the authors of the report. We encourage USDA to continue to develop an economic impact model that will identify additional opportunities and track the growth of the bioeconomy.”

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Paul Winters, 202-962-9237
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Release Summary

The USDA today issued a report and commissioned a larger report on the jobs and economic opportunities created by the biobased products and renewable chemical industries, which BIO represents.

Contacts

Biotechnology Industry Organization
Paul Winters, 202-962-9237
Web: www.bio.org
Blog: www.biotech-now.org
Twitter: @IAmBiotech