We anticipate our responsibly managed bamboo farms and product manufacturing operations will provide a 21st Century solution to a decades-long problem of turning the Black Belt’s economy to one of strength through jobs and economic prosperity for years to come.
Over the last two decades, bamboo has been introduced as a highly versatile material in North America. Given its rapidly renewable nature, it was quickly adopted as an alternative to certain wood species – and a giant $60B global industry has emerged with bamboo appearing in products such as flooring, furniture and textiles.
The U.S. is China’s largest export market for bamboo products. The challenge remains that the bamboo used is grown overseas. This has the disadvantage of large transportation-related costs and environmental impacts plus missed opportunities to create domestic jobs and industry.
With the introduction of bamboo into the agricultural portfolio, Alabama will serve as the “bamboo epicenter” for the U.S. bringing industry, new research and economic development not seen since the early-19th century when cotton was “king”.
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