Do we need animal materials to extract or refine petroleum?
June 6, 2014 2:52 PM Subscribe
The reliance of industrial agriculture on petroleum products is fairly well-documented. Is the reverse also true? Would we be able to produce oil without industrial farming?
posted by Edna Million to Technology (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
More broadly my curiosity is about the relationship between industrial agriculture and petroleum extraction/refining.
I know that oil is generally thought of as being the product of long-dead animals (hence, "fossil fuel," actually not dinosaurs but plankton), but I'm looking for other connections.
Do we use animal products in the production of plastics, for example?