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News Journal: Delaware State Fair a showcase for the edible, flexible soybean

News Journal: Delaware State Fair a showcase for the edible, flexible soybean

A little soybean, smaller than a Skittle, both green in color and eco-kindness, goes a long, long way.  The uses for the tiny bean and in many cases, its oil, are enormous and environmentally friendly, creating a robust and desirable demand, particularly for anyone with a “green” conscience or the certain cachet that carries.

 

Over the past 10 days, innovative soybean technology made its way to the Delaware State Fair. You wouldn’t know it unless you stopped to read the signs, but amusement rides were powered by generators using biodiesel fuel made with soy oil.
And, fairground parking lots were treated ahead of the event with a soy-based dust suppressant, to keep pesky particles on the ground instead of in the air or, moreover, in one’s eyes.

“Anywhere you use diesel fuel you can use biodiesel fuel; an industry that produces 1.1 billion gallons per year,” said Susanne Zilberfarb, executive director of the Delaware Soybean Board. “So it’s a healthy thing and it’s also domestically produced and a renewable fuel. … We talked with Wade Shows and they were very interested. All the carnival guys heard about it, knew about it and had some key questions and then were ready to go.”
The more-than-century-old Wade Shows, Inc., traveling carnival, prides itself in the adoption of soybean-based alternatives.