Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
Hexane process touted
TO THE EDITORS:
Scott Sechler is right: Friends don't always have to agree ("Ads target Conoy soybean-plant project," March 2). People have differing opinions. But facts are stubborn things. And the facts about Perdue AgriBusiness' soybean crushing plant are clear.
The use of hexane has been proven to be the most efficient method to get the most value out of the soybean, for the producer and the end user. That's why the process is so commonplace. There are 96 hexane processing plants in the United States that process 95 percent of all U.S. soybeans.
The soybean meal generated through this process has been used in animal diets for 70 years. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers all products derived from soy, corn, canola, sunflower seed, safflower seed and other flavor extracts that undergo hexane solvent extraction to be safe for human consumption.
This isn't some unsafe, unproven process; it's the exact opposite. Our plant will meet or exceed federal, state and local government requirements. Nor is hexane unsafe or unfamiliar. The compound is already found in countless consumer products.
Farmers don't have money for full-page ads. Most local beans leave our state for processing and then come back as feed, meaning local farmers receive lower prices for their beans and pay more for feed. Our plant changes that calculation. And that's a fact.
Grain Crushing & PACMA