I am guessing we (developed countries) are wasting a lot of fat (e.g., from beef). I am able to get huge chunks of pastured suet for free, and I don't think this is an anomaly. Are slaughter houses/butchers throwing away a lot of fat? How much do you think this adds up to? Anywhere close to enough to offset industrial seed oil consumption?
I understand fear of saturated fat would steer most consumers to a seed oil instead, but grocery stores do sell plenty of foods that most people agree are unhealthy. Maybe once people saw how well food fries and tastes with tallow, there could be a market for it (ironically, perhaps among the less health conscious consumers)? I believe McDonalds adds beef flavor to their french fry oil to try to replicate the french fry flavor from decades ago when they used to fry in tallow.
It seems the process of rendering tallow shouldn't be that difficult/expensive to do on a large scale and the fat should be very cheap to obtain. If pastured tallow were produced this way and sold in bottles next to the canola oil, would we be okay with it? Or, would there be the same complaints/concerns about industrial processing, chemicals, bleaching, deodorizing, etc?