Soylent Fuel is People! Biodiesel Made From Humans? Ick.

In the category of “Things I’d Rather Never Read About Again,” we’ve found a winner.

A plastic surgeon in Los Angeles has discovered that he can use the fat he liposuctions off of his patients to provide all the biodiesel he needs to power his and his girlfriend’s SUVs. Not only that, he says he has extra. I wonder if he’s willing to share?

Got the heebies yet?

Alan Bittner, a high scale Beverly Hills doctor, has been making the liposuctioned human fat into biodiesel for some time now. There are lots of rendering firms in the US — like Tyson Farms, for instance — that already take similar waste, such as poultry fat, and turn it into biodiesel, but I’m imaging that Bittner is the first guy to actually turn human fat into fuel.

The conversion of fat into fuel can almost be done on a one-to-one basis so that a cup of fat will turn into a cup of fuel. Says Bittner in a Forbes Article:

“The vast majority of my patients request that I use their fat for fuel — and I have more fat than I can use. Not only do they get to lose their love handles or chubby belly but they get to take part in saving the Earth.”


All is not well in the world of people-diesel though. Apparently, it’s illegal to use human medical waste to make fuel in California. Bittner’s website,, has been taken down and he’s under investigation by the California Public Health Department. As of this writing, his doctor’s office website is saying that his practice has been closed.

Uh, I’m all for recycling, but I’m thinking that if people didn’t eat so much food in the first place and didn’t find themselves wanting/needing liposuction, those resources that would otherwise put fat on their bellies could be used to make biodiesel without the intervening steps, no?

Source: Forbes

Image Credit: Image is in the public domain as it appears on the FDA website.

Nick Chambers

Not your traditional car guy.