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Soybeans offer new form of protection, U of G students find

Soybeans offer new form of protection, U of G students find

Project SOY competitors design soy-based condom


By Kaitlynn Anderson

Staff Reporter


Twelve teams of students at the University of Guelph presented their unique soy-based innovations on Friday during the 22nd Project SOY competition.

Two students took first place in the undergraduate category with their invention, Soydoms, which are soy-based condoms.

The product, which contains soy lecithin, would cost $0.48 to create and $0.15 to package per item, the inventors determined.

This amount is only slightly higher than the average cost of condoms made from other materials, such as latex. (On average, companies pay $0.45 to manufacture a single condom, the students stated on their project display board.)

Diploma, undergraduate and graduate students highlighted other soy innovations at the annual event, including cheese, paper and propagation trays, according to a tweet from the Ontario Agricultural College.

By participating in Project SOY, these students help to “raise … awareness of the crop and find diversified uses and markets for soybeans,” the University of Guelph stated on its website.

Individuals who would like to participate in next year’s competition can find out more information on the Project SOY page. has reached out to Project SOY for comment. 

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