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Time running out for Maine to cash in on 'biobased' products, advocates say

from Portland Press Herald

As Maine's forest products industry continues to falter, global demand is skyrocketing for new products created from breaking down wood and other plant matter into their constituent sugars and fibers. Maine should be fighting hard to secure its place in the plant-based, or "biobased," products industry, but fear, complacency and a lack of political will are holding back any meaningful progress, advocates say. Time is of the essence, because Maine's existing forest-products infrastructure helps bolster the business case for bringing new biobased products companies and investment to the state. That infrastructure, including pulp and paper mills, is shrinking fast. more

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