Comments on: Project Jatropha http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/07/project-jatropha/ The EPA Blog Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:15:11 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 By: bims http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/07/project-jatropha/#comment-19923 Sun, 21 Nov 2010 01:37:40 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=3390#comment-19923 Jatropha is a convincing business

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By: Rob Vanden Heuvel http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/07/project-jatropha/#comment-19922 Mon, 26 Jul 2010 16:13:38 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=3390#comment-19922 Kudos on taking action to help these people. Many rural people burn kerosene for lighting and cooking. As a result, they inhale some very toxic smoke that can cause health problems. Jatropha can help mitigate that. In great enough quantities, it can also be a decent source of income.

There’s some controversy around jatropha but it always seems to be the result of ill-conceived projects. For example, while jatropha can grow in a wide range of conditions, if the soil isn’t right or the rainfall is too low, then the oil yield may fall well short of expectations. That’s why Bedford Biofuels (for whom I raise investment dollars for large-scale jatropha projects) is partnered with a leading R&D company who have spent over $400M to get it right. We’re not into guessing when so much money is at stake.

Some ill-informed groups may bring up “food vs fuel”. I don’t advocate displacing food crops but I am a big fan of planting jatropha on unused land and, because it’s a tree, intercropping with other crops or with cattle. That’s already being done successfully. It seems that some people object to any sort of change… even when the people in the area are fully in favour of it!

Congratulations again on taking action.

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By: kupon mobilya http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/07/project-jatropha/#comment-19921 Tue, 20 Jul 2010 15:07:25 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=3390#comment-19921 thank you about for jatropha

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By: C.V.Antony http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/07/project-jatropha/#comment-19920 Sat, 17 Jul 2010 07:14:47 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=3390#comment-19920 Project Jatropha and similiar activities to be promoted internationally. It is the need of the hour. We are on the path of self destruction.

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