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Creating bioplastics from potatoes


September 9, 2009
By The Victoria Star

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Creating bioplastics from potatoes
What
do disposable food and beverage containers, disposable cutlery, frisbees, and greenhouse pots have in common? They can all be
manufactured as biodegradable products using vegetable starch.



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Sept. 9, 2009 – What
do disposable food and beverage containers, disposable cutlery, frisbees, golf
tees, greenhouse pots, and boomerangs have in common? They can all be
manufactured as biodegradable products using vegetable starch.

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New research in Canada to
create bioplastics from potatoes is getting a boost through the newly-created
BioPotato Network. This federally-funded network, led by Agriculture and
Agri-Food Canada
, brings together scientists from governments, academia and
industry to collaborate on five areas: commercializing potato extracts,
healthier potato varieties, pharmaceutical uses, new generation bioplastics,
and biopesticides for insect control. The $5.3 million investment in a BioPotato
Network
by the Government of Canada will work to develop and harness new
markets for potato farmers.

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