The man who brought motorcars to the masses wanted them to be made and fuelled with soya beans. Ford Model Soy was planned for production when Henry Ford died in 1946 and World War 2 intervened. It’s chassis and plastic parts were soya based. A vegetarian, Henry Ford had also put his scientists to work on making soybeans edible and they produced the first textured soya protein, achieved with a spinning process.
I stumbled across this fascinating blog from Nadia Berenstein when looking for one of the ingredients in my original VegeBurger. Turns out it was developed from the technology that Ford originated. Bontrae was the best textured soya protein I could find, and it was spun through translucent platinum spinnerets, something I never knew. Sadly, General Mills seem to have been a little ahead of their time and are no more.
Note: This image of this car is the same as that of the car built from hemp that we have often heard of. Ford was experimenting with both high-yielding versatile crops. He ate the soya. Did he smoke the pot?
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