Reprinted from The Real Dirt on Farming
Most people think of farming for food. But the by-products of plants and animals are used far and wide.
- The House that Soy built
Believe it or not – it’s possible to live in a house built from soy. Ok, so it’s not a house built from actual soybeans, but many soy-based products were used to construct and decorate a 1200 sq ft house displayed at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto in 2009. Everything from paints and varnishes, adhesives, household insulation, kitchen cabinets, carpet backing, bathroom fixtures, sofas, mattresses, bedding, clothing, food, candles, soaps, and cosmetics, featured soy.
Soy oil can be used as an environmentally-friendly, sustainable replacement to petroleum oil in many household products. After the show was over, the house became a Habitat for Humanity home.
Check out our list of weird stuff from the farm – as you can see, it’s in all aspects of our daily lives.
In the home: Bone china, Cellophane, Matches, Soy crayons, Violin, Printer ink cartridge, Glass cleaner, Soy candles
At work: Dynamite, Biodegradable plastics, Corn-based travel mug, Corn-based ruler, compostable bags
While driving: Performance tires, Spark plugs, Anti-freeze, Brake fluid, Armor-All wipes, Asphalt sealant, Lubricants and engine oils
In our diets: Gummy bears, Canadian Club whiskey, Licorice, Chewing gum
At the pharmacy: Intravenous solution, Wound dressings, Skin Conditioner, Eye drops, Gelatin pill casings
In the bathroom cabinet: Toothpaste, Cosmetics, Lip balm, Mouthwash, Hand sanitizer, Shaving cream, Shampoo
While we’re having fun: Paintballs, Fireworks, Sport equipment (Pig skin football)
For more info, see www.wheresagriculture.ca