persona non sequitur

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

ON BIO FUELS---I think the use of corn to produce ethanol is a mistake. It's caused some shortages in food, has elevated the price of many food items that might make use of the grain or the oil and is causing a domino effect in the economy.

Why not use what no one has any use for?

I'm speaking of Kudzu, which grows rapidly, covers millions of acres in the deep south, is not liked by man or beast as food and there's been a desire to eliminate it.

Or use hemp. Or honeysuckle. Or use the other parts of corn, the the stem and the cob.


At 8:55 AM, Blogger Pagan Topologist said...

I am under the impression that goats love kudzu. When it is young, it is good in salads and very nutritious, but you have to harvest it quickly before it gets tough. The real problem is that no technology exists yet to use the stalks of corn or the mature kudzu to produce any easily used fuel. Though there was a discover article several years ago about progress in this area.

At 4:09 AM, Blogger Robert Whitaker Sirignano said...

Adult leaves of kudzu are tough. Goats will first go for flower tops and seed, then carry onto the rest of the plant. They will eat poison ivy, but that has to be within an enclosure where everything else is gone before they deal with it. The same would be of Kudzu, which was tried as a cattle feed, and was ignored.

Young leaves? You mean within a day?

At 9:02 AM, Blogger Pagan Topologist said...

Yes. Within a day. Two at most.


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