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1 Zt i & Thursday, June 13, 2o13 icoun The future of bio-plastics: The road less littered upon By KatelynAsfeld, Ag Writer ufacturers for the creation of bio species Alcaligenes eutrophus has There has been increasing plastic products. Ingeo generates been found to contain three genes DNR to offer state lands at public research in the U.S. on the use of 60 percent fewer greenhouse gases that can create the chemical cam- auction bio-plastics in society. The use than petroleum-based plastics, it pound plastic polymer. Scientists of bio-plastics versus petroleum- also can be recycled, decomposed have been using A. eutrophus in The Minnesota Department of manent School Trust Fund. Interest based plastics is quickly becom- and is non-toxic to the environ- plants by changing the sequence of Natural Resources (DNR) will offer and dividends from the Fund are ing an increasingly popular way meat. DNA so that plants can create these for sale more than 20 parcels of distributed twice a year to all public to make and use plastics without NatureWorks LLC, a company plastic polymers. This has provided state lands at two public auctions to school districts in Minnesota." using continually limited natural based in Minnetonka, Minn., is plants with the ability to create be held July 23-24. A third auction Auction dates and locations: resources, such as petroleum, the leader in the use of Ingeo for more plastic polymer so additional date has been scheduled on July 30 Tuesday, July 23, 10 a.m., DNR In the early 1900s, a majority plastic products. Since the devel- plastic can be extracted from the to offer any remaining parcels that Northeast Region office, 1201 E. of the plastic used in the United opment of lngeo in 2003, this cam- plant. However, these genetically did not sell at the initial two auc- Highway 2, Grand Rapids, Minn. States were bio-based. During party has made huge advance- engineered plants may pose a dan- tions. - will include parcels located in World War II the use of petro- ments in the area ofrenewable and ger to insects and animals that feed The majority of the parcels are ItascaCounty. leum-based plastics increased to eco-friendly resources through- offofthem, school trust lands, some of which Wednesday, July24, 10a.m., Lake meet the demand for various plas- out the world. Cargill works with While genetically engineered are lakeshore lots. Also included in County Law Enforcement Center, tic products. Now in 2013, of the NatureWorks LLC by investing in plastic plants are still being the auction is the former St. Croix 613 Main Ave., Two Harbors, Minn. 12.63 million tons of plastic pro- the company for research and pro- researched at this time, there is an Boy's Camp with 3,000 feet of river - will feature lands located in Cook, duced each year only 2,6 percent duction of Ingeo pellets, opportunity for the development frontage along the Tamarack River Lake, Pine, and St. Louis counties. is bio-based. There has been more One criticism about creating of bio-plastics. As technology in Pine County. Tuesday, July 30, 10 a.m., DNR than 1 billion dollars invested in bio-plastics is that it takes away advances this field will continue "We anticipate strong interest Central office, 500 Lafayette Road, recycling programs since 1990 to from the food supply, but at our to be explored as it presents a via- in this sale which includes platted St. Paul, Minn. - will offer any properly recycle these petroleum- current rate, only .0005 percent ble solution for the U.S. to decrease lakeshore lots in northeastern Min- remaining unsold parcels. based plastics while keeping them of the annual global crop supply the size ofthe landfills, andlessen nesota," said Susan Damon, DNR's Interested parties are encour- out of landfills, is being used for bio-plastics. By our dependence on petroleum for lands transactions manager. These aged to review the terms and con- Plastics are created with the using bio-plastics the U.S. will use the production of many consumer are the remaining lakeshore parcels ditions of sale prior to attending simple sugars found in plant less natural resources and head products, that were not offered for sale in the the auctions. Property data sheets material rather than petroleum to forward into a cleaner future. References 1990s during the lakeshore lease are posted on the DNR's land sale reduce our carbon footprint sig- Although using petro-based plas- Barnett, R. (2008, Dec. 26). Biode- lot sale when school trust lots were website at nificantly. These plastics or bio- tics is still relatively cheap to use gradable plastic made from plants, not soldtolongtimeleaseholders, sale, one month priorto the auction polymers are created in a fermen- ($.50/lb.) cheaper than bio-based oil, is emerging. USA Today. Retrieved "The from DNR manages school dates. tation process in which micro- plasl~ics ($1.50/1b.), bio-plastics money/indu~triesTmanufacturing/ trust lands for the citizens of Min- The property data sheets will organisms are introduced to the has the potential to make the envi- 2008-12-25-biodegradable-plastic_N. nesota," said DNR Commissioner provide the sale price, legal and site plant sugars creating lactic acids, ronment cleaner and healthier, htm Tort/Landwehr. "The sale of school descriptions, acreage and zoning The lactic acids form ringed real- lessen the use of toxic chemicals, Natureworks Uc. (2013). Retrieved trust lands is one way the DNR information for each of the parcels. ecules and these rings open to and create less waste in landfills, from - helps generate income for the Per- form chains of polylactide poly- Other research groups are (2000). Plastic-producing plants: mer. 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