Posted September 21, 2018 08:02:10In a recent article, edible oils, commonly referred to as edible oil extractors, claim that edible oil has already surpassed fossil fuels in terms of extraction.
“If you look at the fossil fuel industry and say ‘we need to extract fossil fuels to produce edible oil’, that’s the end of the discussion,” said Dr. Matthew Johnson, a bioethicist and co-founder of the edible oil company Oligo Foods.
“[Edible oils] are inextricably linked to the climate crisis, and that’s a huge threat,” he said.
But Dr. Johnson acknowledged that there’s still room for improvement.
Edible oil extraction is a costly process, requiring huge amounts of equipment, chemicals, and labour, according to Oligos research.
Dr. Johnson says there’s a need for a regulatory framework to help prevent over extraction, which he says could help the industry to diversify away from fossil fuels.
For example, the Food and Drug Administration has the authority to ban edible oils and extractions that are harmful to health.
But Dr. J. Scott Taylor, CEO of the Food Standards Agency, has said that a regulatory system to regulate edible oils has yet to be developed.
In the meantime, Johnson said the edible oils industry is moving in the right direction.
As for the environmental benefits of edible oils?
They can help protect the environment from contaminants and toxic substances, which could help address climate change, he said, adding that the industry is also looking into alternative fuels.
“We’re moving forward, but the future looks bright,” he told Business Insider.
Oligo has invested in the development of edible oil concentrates, which are similar to edible oils but contain less concentrated oil.
A food concentrates contains the same amount of oil as a bowl of oatmeal.
The companies has been testing a new process for edible oil extracts, which has proven to produce more concentrated oil and also is more environmentally friendly. More: