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Soy biobased products are available!

Soy biobased products are available!
Apr. 16, 2014 |
WASHINGTON -- Interested in reducing exposure to chemicals in your home or on the farm? Soy biobased products are available!

The United Soybean Board (USB), through soybean checkoff investments, is committed to funding the research, development and commercialization of new industrial uses for soybeans. It is USB's mission to increase soybean demand through advancements in soy biobased research and technology.

U.S. soybean farmers have helped fund the development of many successful new uses for soybeans, including soy plastics and foams, soy methyl esters and soy ink. Research to find new applications for these products continues in an effort to utilize more U.S. soybeans.

Soybeans are known as the miracle crop of many uses. They have amazing versatility. The soybean has two components: oil and protein. The oil can be used for cooking and replacing petroleum based products on the market. Soybean oil products are environmentally friendly and a renewable resource. The protein can be used for animal feed, tofu and soy flour to name a few. "Michigan soybean farmers are proud that our crop is helping to offer a renewable choice for many products for consumers," stated Mark Seamon, Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee (MSPC) vice president. He continued, "The fact that soybean products provide a replacement for petroleum based products is an added bonus. We look forward to investing checkoff funds to work with partners to develop new products and increase the use of soybean ingredients in the everyday lives of Americans."

The Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee (MSPC) has, for the past decade, been trying to get information on soy biobased products out to you, the farmer and consumer.

Most products that are available could only be purchased by visiting a website. Today there are many soy biobased products in stores. Sherwin-Williams has two brands of paint that contain soy: ProClassic Interior Waterbased Acrylic-Alkyd and ProMar Interior Waterbased Acrylic-Alkyd. At Home Depot, you can purchase Citristrip Safer Paint and Varnish Stripping Gel to remove paint and varnish. Ultra Lube is soy biobased grease that can be found at Ace Hardware stores and Tractor Supply stores. Menards has items available ranging from Simply Soy lubricant and pet shampoo to candles and carpet pads. Your local Walmart has several items that contain soy: vitamins, formula, soy sauce, dressings, memory foam mattress pads, paint, soy stain, crayons, shampoo, Biokleen Soy Lube, Biokleen Soy Toilet Scrub, Simply Soy Lubricating Wipes, soy degreaser, and much much more.

For other soy biobased products such as hydraulic oil, bar chain oil and biobased lubricants, visit www.soynewuses.org.

Soybeans touch our lives every day- whether at the grocery store or the hardware store.

This information is brought to you by the MSPC, representing soybean farmers in the state and funds soybean research and educational efforts through the soybean checkoff. For more information on the MSPC, visit www.michigansoybean.org.