30 Jun '11, 1pm

Will @Ford 'grow' its own car parts?

Will @Ford 'grow' its own car parts?

Coconut fibers, wood, hemp, dandelion root and other materials are being researched as replacements for traditional petroleum auto parts. Photo: Jennifer Berry, Earth911 What do mushrooms, dandelion root, wheat, soy and corn have in common? They may comprise key components of your car one day. At the Forward with Ford futuring and trends conference in Dearborn, Mich., sustainable materials guru Deborah Molesky explained to a group of bloggers, journalists and media personalities that the automaker’s goal is to not only manufacture, but grow, its parts in the U.S. PHOTOS: 7 Green Trends at Ford Molesky joked that her group was “not very popular” when they started in 2000 – and oil prices were only $50-$60 per barrel. But the team kept working, and by 2008 when oil prices moved above $100 per barrel, their products like soy-based foam for seats were developed. “In a way, we ...

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