A caller yesterday on NPR's Car Talk program mention that they were running
their diesel equipment on biodiesel which they make from vegetable oil.
This idea seems like it might help me with one of my personal goals which
has been to close the carbon cycle (as much as possible) around my energy
Obviouly, we must close both the nurtient cycle and the energy cycle in
order to claim progress towards a truly sustainable agriculture. And in
the long run, we have no choice but to close those cycles. As the
Biosphere in the Arizona desert showed, it is very expensive and the
technology is not well enough understood allow us to escape own pollution
by building Bucky Fuller domes over our cities. It is also doubtful we
will be able to terraform Mars in time and beside, "them there Martian
ABM's keep shooting down our spacecraft" or is it the old engineering axiom
Pick two, but only two Good, Fast or Cheap that is operative in this case
A search of the net found several sites with instructions for cracking and
purifying vegetable oils like soybean, rapeseed etc into a suitable diesel
fuel. There was even an html on a portable biodiesel processor built as a
college senior project. Has anybody played with this and would they be
willing to share their experiences?
Does anybody know if you can cross, maybe by bagging etc, a jalapeno, C.
annuum and a habanerno, C. baccatum peppers? I've got a rather large
fruited jalapeno, probably jalapeno/green pepper cross, that I would like
to make into a hair-sweating hot pepper like the habanero.
Thanks for any info you all may have or be able to direct me to. Mike
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