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There is a resurgence of interest in the use of agricultural and forest products as raw materials for the chemical, fibre, building and bioenergy industries. In part this meets a need to find alternative use of agricultural land set-aside from food production, also to reduce imports of materials such as oil and paper-pulp as well as the need to respond to increased environmental concern. The use of domestic agricultural and forest products can make a significant contribution to measures adopted to overcome environmental problems and at the same time sustain rural economy. To ensure that the Member States of the European Union are able to develop the technology required a series of research programmes have been funded over the last decade. The current programme, FAIR, addresses problems of land use, pest control, harvesting, storage, supply, processing and end-use, covering new and traditional crops and trees as well as the use of agro-industrial wastes. It has a greater emphasis on complete production chains from field to factory, and a move towards scale-up and demonstration projects. Some aspects of these programmes are presented here.

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Authors: CEC, CEC Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 17617 EN (1997) 18pp., FS, free of charge
Availability: Available from the DG XII Documentation Centre, European Commission, 200 rue de la loi, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE), fax: +32-2-2969823
ISBN: ISBN 92-827-9238-2
Record Number: 199711006 / Last updated on: 1997-09-16
Original language: en
Available languages: en