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Henry’s Ford’s Soybean Car

3 May

Henry Ford is famous for ushering in the modern, fast-paced age of the horseless carriage.  But he was always attached to the farming life. Which was ironic, since he grew up on a farm but hated and avoided actual farm work.

Anyhow, throughout his life Ford went out of his way to champion the interests of American farmers.  For example, in the early 1940s Ford built a prototype car with a body consisting of plastic panels made from soybeans.

Ford was fascinated by soybeans and was probably one of the first Americans to regularly eat soy burgers and drink soy milk.

Whatever Ford’s plans may have been for mass producing a soybean car, they were quashed by WWII, when auto factories were commandeered to make munitions.

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