What is Biodiesel?
Biodiesel is a clean-burning fuel that can be made from U.S. soy oil or other renewable resources. It offers fuel economy, horsepower and torque similar to petroleum diesel, but with fewer harmful effects on diesel engines, the environment and human health.
Why is biodiesel important to soybean farmers?
Due in large part to soy-checkoff-funded research and support, biodiesel has grown to become a more than 1-billion-gallon-a-year industry. Biodiesel helps to decrease our dependence on foreign oil, boosts our nation’s economy and supports thousands of jobs. It also helps drive demand for U.S. soy oil and adds to U.S. soybean farmer’s bottom line.
Facts & Figures
- Biodiesel adds 63 cents per bushel to the value of soybeans.
- Biodiesel decreases soy protein meal prices by $20 – $40/ ton.
- The biodiesel industry helps support more than 60,000 U.S. jobs and $2.6 billion in wages.
- Biodiesel qualifies as an Advanced Biofuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard.
- Biodiesel lowers particulate matter by 47%, reduces smog, and makes our air healthier to breathe.
Visit http://UnitedSoybean.org/topics/biodiesel/ to learn how biodiesel works across America.
National Biodiesel Board
The National Biodiesel Board website is a comprehensive source for biodiesel information. It also includes an interactive tool for locating biodiesel distributors and retailers. Diesel users have more options than ever when it comes to filling up with biodiesel. Many petroleum retailers now make biodiesel available at the filling station. In fact, across the United States, the number of biodiesel retail locations continues to grow. To find a site near you where you can fill up with biodiesel, click here.
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