Hormel Foods Corporation, the creators of Spam, is teaming up with General Motors to make car parts out of pork and turkey byproducts. They will supply GM with a binding agent, known as “GMBond,” that is made from animal protein collagen and will be used to make the molds that are used to cast metal parts.

“Who would have guessed that a food product would be used in the production of your automobile’s engine block?” said Joel Johnson, president of Hormel. Richard Schreck, GM’s principle research scientist, said the collagen binder will help reduce manufacturing costs.

With all the consumer worry about disease and added hormones in poultry and BSE passed along in animal feed, maybe this is the best use for turkey and pork right now. If they use beef products, we’ll be able to drive a Mad Cowcar.

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