We're in the midst of a revolutionary conversation about food waste. Seattle implemented the nation's first penalties for wasting food; France is making it illegal for large supermarkets to throw away food; and now, a pretty powerful company has joined the discussion: United Airlines.
And with American household throwing out an average of $640 worth of methane-producing food, all of this is warranted.
The company plans to start flying planes powered by a biofuel made from farm waste and oils derived from animal fats, according to The New York Times.
In "the biggest investment so far by a domestic airline," United will be putting $30 million in one of the largest producers of aviation biofuels, Fulcrum BioEnergy, which said its fuel can cut an airline’s carbon emissions by 80%.
The first United jet to use this technology will make its first flight sometime this summer, traveling from Los Angeles to San Francisco. At the beginning, the alternative fuel will be mixed in with regular fuel, but after a two-week trial period, it will go right into United's overall fuel supply.
This is encouraging news, especially in an industry notorious for its greenhouse gas emissions.