Catch up with the tomato-based car of the future
June 11th, 2014
11:30 AM ET
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Get ready for the tomato-mobile.

Ford and Heinz are looking at ways to make car parts out of ketchup by-products, the automaker announced Tuesday.

Heinz uses more than two million tons of tomatoes every year and produces a lot of waste from the peels, stems and seeds.

The by-products are shipped to Ford facilities, where they are processed into small, dry pellets that can be used in manufacturing.

One possible application: making wiring brackets or interior compartments - like cupholders - out of dried tomato skins, Ford said.

Read - Ford may make cars out of Heinz ketchup

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  1. Earthworm Technologies

    We're glad we're not the only ones trying to make a dent in our food waste issues! America certainly has proven to have a great amount of ingenuity in the past resolving issues. Certainly there's a better way to treat our food waste than shoving it in a plastic bag, digging a hole in the Earth and throwing the bag in there for centuries to come.

    July 25, 2014 at 8:36 am | Reply
  2. Thinking things through

    I hate to admit I was way too sleepy and caffeine-deprived earlier today to note the bad title pun here.. I guess kudos for that...

    June 12, 2014 at 8:47 pm | Reply

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