Food processors, farms and municipalities all have felt pressures to send less organic material to landfills. They could eventually get help from a startup in California that is turning organics into biodegradable plastic.
Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) plastic was first developed in the 1980s. The fully biodegradable polymer is produced by bacteria, and traditionally, the feedstock for the material has been corn sugars or seed oil. The price to produce crop-based PHA can fluctuate depending on market prices.