Soybean-Based Tires Could Reduce Global Oil Consumption | Care2 Causes.

Goodyear, which manufactures products in 22 countries around the world, said that by using soybean oil in tires, it can potentially increase tread life by 10 percent and reduce the tiremaker’s use of petroleum-based oil by up to seven million gallons each year.

In recent months, the company has been testing rubber compounds made with soybean oil instead of petroleum oil. It found that the soybean oil blends more easily with the silica used in building tires.  Goodyear claims this discover could improve plant efficiency and reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

Now, I know what you’re probably thinking: this is the ethanol debacle all over again. Many are opposed to the idea of using a food crop for non-food purposes, and fear that doing so will drive up already high food prices. In most cases I would agree, but soybeans are a little bit different. Almost 60 percent of all soybeans in the world are genetically modified. In the United States, the levels are even higher, coming in at about 85 percent. That means pretty much any non-organic soy grown in the U.S. is bad for you and should be avoided

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