What is BioPreferred?

BioPreferred is a programme of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). It is an initiative that assists the development and expansion of markets for biobased products. The BioPreferred Program is transforming the marketplace for biobased products through two initiatives: mandatory purchasing requirements for Federal Agencies and voluntary product certification and labeling. Biobased products span a diverse range of applications, such as lubricants, cleaning products, chemicals and bioplastics. Biobased content is the ratio of non-fossil organic carbon (new organic carbon) to total organic carbon in a product.  The non fossil organic carbon is plant sourced and the orgainic carbon is from fossil fuels.