Saturday, June 20, 2009



Scientific American has an interesting article in their July issue. It talks about Scientists turning agricultural leftovers, wood and grass into biofuels.

I wonder why it wasn't a larger factor sooner - but "better late than never".

I think it's a great idea. Instead of subsidizing corn for food, we could subsidize a new source of fuel. Wouldn't it be great to be less dependent on foreign sources for oil while helping out farmers at the same time?

The article says that "once the total emissions of growing, harvesting and processing corn are factored into the ledger, it becomes clear that first-generation biofuels are not as environmentally friendly as we would like them to be."

However, second generation grassoline is a much better option. We just need to keep looking and working to develop and discover new options.

I love the direction we're heading.


Bish Denham said...

This sounds a lot better than using farm land to grow biofuels. It didn't make sense to me to grow corn for cars instead of our bellies.

Jo said...

I am really excited about our direction as well, I feel like things are on the upswing.

Rena said...

I agree with Bish, and the price of corn is unreal at times.

Amy Tate said...

I wish they would hurry up and figure it out. I hate the rising prices!

David Batista said...

Hey, I subscribe to SciAm and am reading that article right this moment! Wow.

And, yes, I too am excited by the possibilities.

Christina Farley said...

I like how you're thinking! You go Super Girl!