Palaces For The People
Thursday, October 09, 2003
ASAE Paper: "Abstract. Cost effective production of building and molded materials using agricultural crop residue can offset emissions from some open field burning, provide revenue to growers, and augment forest product use. Developing the technology has proven easier than plant financing, viable production and market entry. Meadowood Industries Inc. has improved prior technology to make decorative and structural panels from Oregon ryegrass that now approach many of the properties of wood based Oriented Strand Board (OSB). Others have perfected wheat and bagasse derived products that meet or exceed many of the properties of particleboard, and approach some of the physical and mechanical properties of Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF). Viable production methods and effective marketing are required to achieve sustainable agricultural, and realistic environmental benefits through agricultural board or panels (Ag-board) production from annual biobased materials. Effective participation is also required from regulatory agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGO) with environmental interests."