The plants grown to satisfy global demand for cooking oils–including soybean, palm, sunflower, peanut, avocado, coconut, canola, and olive–now comprise nearly 25% of the world’s cropland. The planting and harvesting of these crops are significant contributors to the deforestation of old-growth forests, producing substantial carbon emissions. Zero Acre Farms, A California-based startup, is hoping to change that by fermenting sugarcane with microorganisms from algae in order to convert the sugar into oil.

  • Vegetable oils are leading drivers of deforestation, land use, water consumption, and biodiversity loss.
  • Compared to the most prevalent vegetable oil in the U.S. (soybean oil), Zero Acre oil emits 86% fewer greenhouse gases, consumes 83% less water, and uses 90% less land.
  • If just 5% of vegetable oil in the United States were replaced with Zero Acre oil, it would save 3.1 million acres of land — about the size of Connecticut! When used in place of olive oil, every 16-oz bottle of Zero Acre oil saves 222 square feet of land.
  • Zero Acre oil requires 88% less water than palm oil, 90% less water than sunflower oil, and 300 times less water than olive oil. Using one 16-oz bottle of Zero Acre oil instead of the same amount of olive oil saves 5,000 cups of water.
  • Zero Acre oil comes in a 100% recyclable BPA-free aluminium bottle, offering a more sustainable option than plastic or glass

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