The Food & Drug Administration has tested a new food processing technology that could reduce the emissions from food production, according to an agency official who was not authorized to speak publicly about the project.
The technology, called biofuels, uses the same process as conventional ethanol, but instead of making ethanol, it uses natural sugars and other nutrients from food.
Biofuels can be used in a wide range of products, including salad dressings, candy, cereal, pasta, pasta sauce and even rice and other grains.
The FDA has received some preliminary data on the biofuel technology, but is still assessing the risks and benefits.
It’s unclear when the FDA will complete its study.
The company that developed the technology, Myroc, says it will likely be ready to begin commercial production in the next several years.
Biofuel production is also a big concern in Europe and Asia, which are seeing a surge in the number of corn and soybean fields and the growing popularity of ethanol as a renewable energy source.
The biofuel technology is not expected to be a panacea to reducing emissions, but it could help reduce the greenhouse gases produced by food production.