19 Aug '11, 6pm

Shrinking “bioproducts” sector a worrisome trend in Canada, but Ontario is holding its own: Filed under: Energy News

Shrinking “bioproducts” sector a worrisome trend in Canada, but Ontario is holding its own: Filed under: Energy News

Shrinking “bioproducts” sector a worrisome trend in Canada, but Ontario is holding its own My Clean Break column this week reports on a new study out of the Richard Ivey School of Business, which takes a look at the state of the bioproducts industry in Canada. The researchers behind the report analyzed Statistics Canada data between 2003 and 2009 and what they found was a disturbing negative trend — the industry is shrinking, not growing, at a time when bioproducts are desperately needed as part of a strategy to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels; also at a time when the United States and other regions are showing a strong commitment to bioproducts and are enjoying the associated growth. What’s going on? Well, for one the bulk of bioproducts made in Canada are first-generation biofuels, such as corn ethanol, or other forms of bioenergy. We don’t give enough support to b...

Full article: http://www.cleanbreak.ca/2011/08/19/shrinking-bioproducts...

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