Despite the promise of higher crop prices and more jobs, alternative fuel production isn't for every area of the country. In eastern Oregon a businessman and scientist were poking holes in the ethanol balloon at a farm show. Their numbers show a problem with growing enough canola seed and dealing with the byproducts. A plant producing 5 million gallons of biodiesel would create 242,000 pounds of canola meal every day. More than 40,000 cows would have to eat six pounds a day to eliminate the byproduct. The energy balance is also a concern of the scientist, who is a self-described "biofuels skeptic." He suggests looking toward other bioproducts such as biobutanol to help replace jet fuel.

[Source: Dean Brickey / East Oregonian]


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