George Washington Carver and Henry Ford helped pioneer biobased products in America. Today, U.S. companies offer hundreds of biobased products made from soybeans. Furniture and carpet backing, cleaning supplies for homes, industrial solvents, transformer oils and energy efficient roofing materials are just a few of the many products. Find them with the search engine on this site.
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 on American farms.
Biobased Products: Renewable and Made in America
U.S farmers grow more than 70 million acres of U.S. soybean plants each year. These soybeans offer an abundant and renewable supply of ingredients for food and livestock feed. At the same time, these soybeans make it possible for companies to reduce the petroleum content in commercial and industrial products.
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.
Meanwhile, the nation gains from the jobs and other economic benefits resulting from the growth of this growing green industry. To advance these opportunities, the U.S. Congress approved landmark legislation in 2002 that calls on the federal government to buy biobased products. Federal purchasing is blazing the trail for public and private-sector use of biobased products across the nation.
The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (also known as the 2008 U.S. Farm Bill) expands the federal biobased program. It defines a biobased product as: a product determined by the Secretary (of Agriculture) to be a commercial or industrial product (other than food or feed) that is composed, in whole or in significant part, of biological products, including renewable domestic agricultural materials and forestry materials; or an intermediate ingredient or feedstock.