These Scientists are Using Food Waste to Make Fake Palm Oil

By: Katherine Pendrill - Feb 1, 2016
References: & fastcoexist
Researchers at the University of Bath and University of York have developed an artificial palm oil that could serve as a substitute for the real thing. While there have been efforts to promote more sustainable palm oil production, the harvest of this product continues to present a problem for orangutans. Now there is a substitute that could help to reduce the need for palm oil and preserve orangutan habits.

The artificial palm oil developed by researchers at the University of Bath and University of York consists of a yeast called Metschnikowia pulcherrima. This particular yeast produces a thick oily substance that is very similar to that of palm oil. Interestingly, the oil produced by the yeast comes from the food waste it consumes. As a result, the researchers have not only found a palm oil substitute, but they have also come up with a new use for waste biomass from farming.