So, what’s so great about soy, anyway? How about that it meets or exceeds the performance of petroleum? Or that it’s readily available and grown right here in the United States? Have we mentioned that it is environmentally friendly? And it’s affordable, meaning you can improve your products and your budget. Need more reasons? Keep reading.
The versatile chemical composition of soybeans is driving a surge of soy technology. When processed, soybeans are divided into protein and oil. Soybean protein is primarily used in animal feed, but is also an ingredient in plastic composites, synthetic fiber, paper coatings and formaldehyde-free adhesives.
Soybean oil is one of the most versatile of the natural oils. Its molecular structure and suitable fatty-acid profile can be readily modified for many applications.
Soybeans are a renewable and in abundant supply, which has enabled them to maintain a historic advantage over petrochemical equivalents.
Life cycle profiles show that soy delivers the environmental and energy benefits that companies strive for and consumers demand
Unlike fossil carbon sources, soybeans actually capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. They also fix their own nitrogen for plant food, which provides an initial life-cycle advantage over other oilseeds that require nitrogen fertilizer made from natural gas
Soybean yields are increasing year after year. And with further advances in agriculture, this isn’t slowing down any time soon.
Soy is used in a variety of industrial products, including:
- Biodegradable plastics
- Lubricants and fuels
- Paints and varnishes
- Cleaners and detergents
- Cosmetics and personal care products
- Industrial coatings
- Rubber products
- Insulation materials