SC Johnson-owned Ecover has joined forces with Anheuser-Busch InBev to repurpose alcohol extracted from beer into eco-friendly detergent. "The brewery was asking us what can we do with the alcohol, because it's piling up, it's a large quantity, that's why we were looking for partners," AB InBev's David De Schutter said.
As Europe produces more biofuel using hydrotreated vegetable oil, observers are speculating on how much the development will affect demand for traditional biofuel feedstock such as rapeseed. If vegetable oil-based fuel replaces some biofuels that create glycerine as a byproduct, that could have ramifications for the pharmaceutical, personal care and food industries.
Increased demand for soybean oil as a biofuel feedstock means Brazil is exporting more soybean meal and fewer whole beans. The trend is further fueled by the imminent lapse of an agricultural exemption from taxes that hit raw products harder than refined ones.
New plant-based shortening products offer improved versatility and temperature tolerances for use in baking and icings, manufacturers say. Options made from soybeans and palm oil have hit the market this year.
Researchers are working on techniques for producing synthetic meat products with 3D printing or culturing animal cells as alternatives to the extrusion methods used by current popular meat alternatives. Meanwhile, products that blend natural meat with meat substitutes are poised for a surge, and might have even greater potential for environmental and health benefits than the pure vegan versions.
Researchers in Canada have learned that a diet high in saturated fat accelerates the growth of prostate cancer by increasing the expression of genes that promote cancer growth. Meanwhile, a separate study by the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, N.Y., identified a protein that appears to inhibit the growth of prostate tumors.
A military scientist has found proteins that keep microbes from growing in fuel tanks by interfering with the way the microbes transport toxic substances through their membranes. Microbes infesting tanks can degrade fuel, especially biodiesel, which often contains fatty acid methyl esters on which microbes thrive.
Negotiators in the House of Representatives and Senate are trying to reconcile their respective versions of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act this week, but remain divided over provisions for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances and whether the entire class or just two substances should be designated hazardous. One possible solution is a "skinny" bill that would extend the Defense Department's existing authorities.
The Environmental Protection Agency has approved a pair of manufacturer requests coordinated by the American Chemistry Council to conduct risk evaluations for diisodecyl phthalate and diisononyl phthalate under the Toxic Substances Control Act. "Consumers deserve to know the safety of the products they use and we believe that a broad-based risk evaluation of DINP and DIDP is in the interest of consumer confidence in this country," said the ACC.
The US-Mexico-Canada Agreement is "a great deal for everybody" and Congress should move to ratify it quickly before the US and Canada "get tired" of delays, said President Donald Trump before meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday. "We're very, very hopeful that we're going to have good news soon," said Trudeau.