As potential substitutes for nonrenewable resources in industrial applications, forest and agricultural products constitute in the United States a "great and under-used national resource," a committee of the National Research Council found after assessing the role of renewable resources in plans to meet future materials needs. Before this potential can be realized, the committee said, the "technology for substitution" must be developed, environmental effects must be considered, and economic and social conditions must either permit or require it. "The materials available and potentially available from renewable resources can be used as alternatives to materials currently obtained from nonrenewable resources to augment national and world materials supplies, to improve energy conservation in materials supply and use, and to relieve dependence on foreign sources of energy and materials and accompanying balance of payment problems," the committee said. "The orderly and rational development of a national policy for the achievement of these objectives requires refinement of methods of evaluating alternative materials supply systems in terms of resource supply; available technology; and energy, manpower, and capital requirements."

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This report is by the Committee on Renewable Resources for Industrial Materials, Board on Agriculture and Renewable Resources; Commission on Natural Resources, National Research Council. Notification of publication appeared in NAS News Report, Vol. 27, No. 1.
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  • Publication Date: 1976

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  • Pagination: 283 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00145178
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 16 1977 12:00AM