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Protein-rich gorse could feed the whole of Scotland. Fish and chips is not just popular in the UK, of course.

Still, manufacturing vegetable oil from oil palms or soya beans is accelerating the deforestation of rainforests. Which explains why a California-based startup has developed an alternative cooking oil from sugarcane.

Raw sugar from the regrowing plant ferments in tanks with the help of algae or yeast. Next the oil is pressed. Made up of 93% monounsaturated fat, it also contains Vitamin E.

The oil’s antioxidant properties mean it keeps well; a high smoke point makes it great for cooking.

Elsewhere, oil alternatives are made from corn scraps. And: sugarcane can also help remove glyphosate from water.  

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