12/14/16 • Advance BioSustainability

CRA Organizes January 25 Bioeconomy Session at National Council for Science and the Environment

December 14, 2016

Washington, DC – The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) will moderate a session January 25 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. as part of the education program at the National Council for Science and the Environment 2017 Conference taking place at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel near Washington, DC.

Wednesday’s session, The Emerging Bioeconomy: Implications on Health and the Economy will gather an expert panel to discuss emerging trends in bioplastics and renewable chemicals, what effective policy to encourage growth looks like, and how to successfully educate the public on the benefits of advanced bioproducts. The panel will include Rod Snyder, President, Field-to-Market; Camille Burel, Global Public Affairs, Roquette; Stephanie Batchelor, Director, State and International Affairs, BIO and moderator Ben Gruitt, Director, Sustainability and Advanced Bioproducts, CRA. Each presenter brings a unique perspective to the opportunities and challenges with transitioning economies away from reliance solely on fossil fuels.

In order for successful implementation, a bioeconomy will need to simultaneously address: new research and building on existing knowledge bases, creating a business friendly environment to spur innovation, training and recruiting an appropriately skilled workforce, establishing effective policy to encourage growth, and educating the public on the benefits of a bio-based economy. The goal of this session is to inform a systems-based approach to several complex problems facing society including reducing healthcare costs, addressing climate change through environmentally-focused solutions, and building out an alternative sector to our petrochemical-based economy. Attendees will understand the benefits of developing a robust bioeconomy and the challenges that face greater adoption of the market model.

For additional information and to register for the conference visit: http://www.ncseconference.org/



The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) is the national trade association representing the corn refining industry of the United States. CRA and its predecessors have served this important segment of American agribusiness since 1913. Corn refiners manufacture sweeteners, ethanol, starch, advanced bioproducts, corn oil and feed products from corn components such as starch, oil, protein and fiber.

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