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FSC to Use Forensics to Uncover Criminal Forestry Practices: A new partnership between the Forest Stewardship

FSC to Use Forensics to Uncover Criminal Forestry Practices: A new partnership between the Forest Stewardship

Is that “birch” plywood cabinetry you specified actually made of an illegally logged rainforest species? A new partnership between the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service) aims to verify environmental claims about forestry products. ----- Advertising ----- The testing will look for impurities in samples of composite wood and paper products, including fibers from endangered species or other illegally logged trees as well as from genetically modified organisms (which are not permitted in products marked “FSC Mixed”). Although there is “no reason to suspect” that FPL’s forensic scientists will find any of these things, says Brad Kahn, communications director for FSC–US, “we want to make sure we are keeping our system as rigorous and credible as possible.” Kahn adds that many ...

Full article: http://greensource.construction.com/news/2013/11/131126-f...

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