Animal fat: the next big thing in biofuels?

| 1/3/2007

Up until now, most of the talk about biodiesel has centered on either soybean oil or used restaurant oils. But soon, animal fats could make up a significant portion of the nation's alternative fuel supply.

Recently, chicken giant Tyson Foods announced it had created a new business unit called Tyson Renewable Energy. The division will focus on converting the waste fat from the company's food production into alternative fuels such as biodiesel.

Archie Schafer, a spokesman for Tyson, said the company's plants produce about 2.3 billion pounds of animal fat every year - or about 300 million gallons of fat that could be converted to fuel.