01/09/2009 Poison Peanut and Waste Foods Can Be Viable Clean Fuel Source

 Media Alert – I.I.E.A.

Poison Peanut and Waste Foods Can Be Viable Clean Fuel Source


Thursday January 29, 2009: Santa Cruz, CA

Permaculture and BioFuels Expert and author David Blume announced today that the current Poison Peanut crisis that is causing illness and even death triggering nationwide recalls can be readily repurposed into an environmental and economic benefit by employing the waste food as a source for Alcohol Fuel production.


“The toxic peanut recall demonstrates once again why America needs a thriving small-scale alcohol fuel system,” Blume stated. “Most of the products being recalled are mostly primarily wheat and sugary carbohydrates mixed with a bit of peanut.  Toxic carbs in the form of billions of tons of recalled cookies, grain based dog food and candy are now destined for landfills around the US and they shouldn’t be glibly wasted in this fashion. These products, though certainly not fit for consumption, are ideally suited to be fodder for fuel.”


We can take extract the starches and sugars from these products, feed them to yeast (the same yeast used to make bread), which converts them to an end product alcohol fuel suited to replacing foreign purchases of oil.  Peanut oil extracted from the brew could provide all the boiler fuel to run the plants producing the modest heat and electricity used by the distilleries. 


Massive food system failures happen with surprising frequency. 

·         In the 80’s we had an outbreak of aflatoxin in the nation’s corn supply, which made most of a full year’s crop carcinogenic. 

·         During the California medfly crisis, and Florida freezes much of the citrus crops go to the dump.

·         The Chinese wheat crisis where poor late season practices made the grain so toxic it killed pets fed the feed made from it


Poison crops can be repurposed to help replace toxic fossil fuel and here’s how:


Turning waste into valuable fuel, works best in smaller local alcohol plants.  These smaller plants are more nimble than the behemoth plants relying exclusively on corn. They can use smaller lots of different materials by having flexible material handling at the start of the process.  The fermentation and distillation and the alcohol produced are the same whether its corn, beets, cellulose, or old bread and waste dog food.  As I demonstrate in my book Alcohol Can Be Gas my readers have used a wide variety of things like donuts, broken pretzels, waste candy, and all sorts of food processing waste. The fuel can be produced on the backyard to medium entrepreneurial scale at about 30 cents per gallon generating literally millions of permanent non-exportable jobs.  President Obama’s drive for renewable fuels should provide incentives for economic patriots to build these waste consuming small plants, clean up our environment and provide millions of non-exportable green jobs.


For more information about Mr. Blume, IIEA, or coming workshops, contact Tom Harvey • theCommunications . (530) 257-3533thcommunications@gmail.com, or visit: http://www.permaculture.com.

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