The soybean checkoff works with a number of industrial users to incorporate soy into their enterprises whenever viable opportunities exist. The high costs and environmental consequences of petroleum have made soy products even more appealing.
Current new uses for soy include plastics, lubricants, coatings, printing inks, adhesives and solvents. Ford Motor Co. currently researches soy-based plastics, and they may be incorporated into automobile interiors in the near future. Furthermore, the federal government purchases more than $250 billion in goods and services each year, and its preference for biobased products will help drive the inclusion of soy-based products in those purchases.
More information about soy new uses can be found on the United Soybean Board’s Soy New Uses website.