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New Research Indicates Health Benefits from Biodiesel
USAgNet - 04/30/2021

A new study demonstrates switching to biodiesel results in a number of significant health benefits such as decreased cancer risk, fewer premature deaths and reduced asthma attacks.

The fuel research, conducted at 13 sites in the U.S. exposed to high rates of petroleum diesel pollution, used well-established EPA air dispersion modeling tools coupled with health risk assessments and benefit valuations to assess the public health benefits and resulting economic savings of converting from petroleum-based diesel to 100% biodiesel, known as B100.

The research was sponsored by the National Biodiesel Board with support from the Nebraska Soybean Board, South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, California Advanced Biofuels Alliance, Iowa Soybean Board and the Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board, in addition to promotional support from the soy checkoff.

Biodiesel is a readily available, low-carbon, renewable fuel made from a diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil, soybean oil and animal fats. U.S. manufacturers rely on U.S. soybean oil as the primary feedstock for biodiesel, and it was the first domestically produced and commercially available fuel to meet the Environmental Protection Agency's definition of an advanced biofuel.

Today, about 8 billion pounds of soybean oil are used in the production of conventional biodiesel. By 2030, it's estimated that an additional 8 billion pounds will be needed totaling 16 billion pounds per year, according to National Biodiesel Board.

"The soy checkoff is a longtime supporter of research and promotion for biodiesel to ensure it continues to be one of the most widely used renewable fuels on the market," said Pat Hobbs, United Soybean Board farmer-leader from Dudley, Missouri, and National Biodiesel Board appointee.

"Soybean farmers led the original development of the biodiesel industry to use excess soybean oil. Biodiesel made from soybeans uses only the oil portion of the soybean, leaving all of the protein available to nourish livestock and humans. Now, this new study shows how far-reaching the health and environmental benefits can be for people nationwide," said Hobbs.

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