Catherine Clifford of CNBC reports on a palm oil alternative.
- Palm oil is in nearly half of the processed foods in American grocery stores and its harvesting methods are a major contributor to global deforestation.
- C16 Biosciences has created a palm oil alternative using a wild type yeast microbe.
- C16’s oil contains the same fatty acids as palm oil which make it a suitable environmentally-friendly replacement that can be used in beauty and food products.
- Private sector innovators are accelerating climate progress.
“To make its palm oil alternative, C16 Biosciences uses a wild type yeast microbe that makes a functional equivalent to palm oil with a kind of fermentation process. And fermentation — which is what has been used to make wine, beer and cheese for ages — is a ‘really, really robust, scalable process,’ Heller said.”
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