What does the Future Hold?
Well, the possibilities are endless.
As you may know, soybeans are broken down into two main components, meal and oil. Soybean meal is mainly fed to swine, poultry aquaculture, and dairy cattle, but is also used for a variety of products. Soybean oil is often used as a replacement for petroleum or other oils, offering an environmentally friendly product sourced right from your backyard.
Biodiesel and Aviation Fuel are made from soybeans. Biodiesel and renewable diesel’s benefits to rural America don’t stop with job creation or a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, what started nearly three decades ago as an industry to reduce the amount of excess soybean oil on the market, continues to be a strong market for soybean farmers today.
Soybeans, specifically soybean oil is a key component to making crayons. Soy crayons are easier to use as they glide smoother and don’t flake. The colors created using the soybean oils are brighter, are less toxic to children and are entirely biodegradable.
Soybeans are used on the road through Concrete and Asphalt Sealant. Soybean oil can add durability, flexibility and act as a sealant on concrete and asphalt roads, maximizing the longevity of the infrastructure. It doesn’t stop there, a new soy-based dust suppressant is making its way onto rural roads as an agent to control dust in high-traffic areas.
Today, about one-third of America’s nearly 10,000 newspaper printers use it. And, more than 90% of the nation’s daily newspapers are printed with color soy ink. Soy inks also work well for label printing, as they allow a reduction in ink coverage by 85% compared to water-based inks.
Soy-Based Car Seats
For over 10 years, Ford Motor Company has used soybean-based foam as a key material in the seat cushions, seat backs and headrests of every vehicle built in North America.
Goodyear Tire’s sustainability goals outlined in their Corporate Responsibility Report included increased consumption of soybean oil by 25 percent by 2020 and to fully replace petroleum-derived oils by 2040.
Soy-Based Football Fields
The Dana J. Dykhouse Football Stadium at South Dakota State University has a unique tie to the soybean industry. The backing on the artificial turf on the field is soy-based versus the traditional petroleum-based product.
Across the nation, U.S. companies are now offering hundreds of biobased products, ranging from cleaning supplies to carpet backing to energy efficient roofing materials, made with ingredients grown right here on American farms.
Consumers win with products that curb dependence on foreign oil as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Soy biobased products can also offer environmental and health benefits, such as lower VOCs, reduce exposure to toxic chemicals as well as irritation from odors, and more. Learn more at www.soybiobased.org.