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Oils & Fats International Backgrounders

This new section features a selection of articles we have published in the past few years. The articles provide useful background information, particularly on feedstocks, and we will be adding to it regularly


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Jatropha

Jatropha

Posted June 01, 2013 from issue dated June Biofuels 2013

Jatropha is making a comeback, experts argued at the World Biofuels Markets Congress in Rotterdam. A good candidate for sustainable biofuel but historically low-yielding, new research reveals how its yield can be improved with know-how, investment and funds

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Jet fuel

Jet fuel

Posted April 11, 2019 from issue dated OFI September/October 2018

With some 250M gallons/year of offtake agreements for sustainable jet fuel supply, the fossil fuel alternative is no longer a concept but a pending commercial reality

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Krill oil

Krill oil

Posted August 31, 2013 from issue dated August/September 2013

Krill are at the heart of the ocean’s food chain, with a total biomass of between 400M and 600M tonnes. Krill oil supplements are gaining in popularity but there are concerns over the impact krill fishery may have on the ocean’s ecosystem

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Moringa

Moringa

Posted June 25, 2018 from issue dated OFI November/December 2017

Not only could its leaves and fruit help us overcome world hunger, the tropical moringa tree has something to offer for everyone. This backgrounder explores the many uses of the moringa, from cosmetics to  biofuels

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Natural wax

Natural wax

Posted January 01, 2010 from issue dated January 2010

With a global trend towards natural fats and waxes, Dr Madelyn Bekker explains the economic significance, general chemical composition, production processes, applications and typical properties of the most important natural waxes

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Obesity and Fats

Obesity and Fats

Posted July 02, 2018 from issue dated OFI February 2018

The global obesity rate has nearly tripled since 1995, with an estimated 650M people classified as obese in 2016. This backgrounder explores what obesity is, what are its causes, and which oils and fats are the good, the bad and the worst for managing weight gain

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