Beef fat motor oil starts to hit the market

Following on from the ‘green’ budget and it falling short on doing something about gas guzzlers (add more tax on them ! make more money off them !) here’s some oil these Chelsea tractors will probably put in their engine.

Item is via Taste Better, which used to be called Vegan P*orn, now renamed.

Cathi pointed out that we’re starting to see “green” animal fat products show up, including “green” motor oils made from slaughterhouse leftovers instead of petroleum products. According to the manufacturer, the product is biodegradable, but there’s a fair bit of spin – for example, the 200 pounds of “waste tallow” per cow killed is already being sold by slaughterhouses and used in a variety of products, which may or may not lead to trans fats. In fact, if there’s one thing that the slaughter industry is good at, it’s finding uses for every last bit of their animals (lucky for them, they don’t have to deal with the manure.)

The issue for vegans is that they’ve got a whole new category of hidden animal ingredients to watch out for, and some of these might be hard to avoid. This is nothing new, and the best way to deal with this is to keep doing what we’re doing – if we can reduce the demand for meat, the supply of animal fat will go down along with consumption and these alternative byproducts will become less economically viable.

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As far as I can tell this product isn’t for sale in the UK yet, but this is a heads up so that you are aware of it in case it does come over here.

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