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Energy Through Agriculture


Corn and Fossil Fuel Usage

Fossil-fuel energy is used to produce corn, with the largest consumption involving nitrogen fertilizer production and grain drying. Analyses show that the energy output:input ratio with corn - i.e. amount of energy contained in harvested grain relative to the amount of fossil-fuel energy used for its production, including the production of inputs and equipment - is approximately 5.5:1 in Ontario (calculated using data pertinent to 1990 published in Cemcorp, 1992).

This ratio continues to improve. The ratio was calculated at about 4.95:1 in Ontario in 1974 (Stevenson and Stoskopf, 1974). It is expected that the ratio will increase to over 7:1 by 2000 as the trend to higher yields and lower tillage and pesticide usage continues (Cemcorp, 1992). Even greater energy efficiency ratios should be possible in the future through reductions in nitrogen fertilizer usage per tonne of corn produced, and improvements in grain-drying efficiency.

The present energy ratio for corn compares favourably with that of other crops (see, for example, Hamilton, 1977).


What is Biodiesel?

Biodiesel is the name for a variety of ester-based oxygenated fuels made from hemp oil, other vegetable oils or animal fats. The concept of using vegetable oil as an engine fuel dates back to 1895 when Dr. Rudolf Diesel developed the first diesel engine to run on vegetable oil. Diesel demonstrated his engine at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1900 using peanut oil as fuel.

Properties of Biodiesel:

Today's diesel engines require a clean-burning, stable fuel that performs well under a variety of operating conditions. Biodiesel is the only alternative fuel that can be used directly in any existing, unmodified diesel engine. Because it has similar properties to petroleum diesel fuel, biodiesel can be blended in any ratio with petroleum diesel fuel. Many federal and state fleet vehicles are already using biodiesel blends in their existing diesel engines.

The low emissions of biodiesel make it an ideal fuel for use in marine areas, national parks and forests, and heavily polluted cities. Biodiesel has many advantages as a transport fuel. For example, biodiesel can be produced from domestically grown oilseed plants such as hemp. Producing biodiesel from hemp and other domestic crops reduces the United States' dependence on foreign petroleum, increases agricultural revenue, and creates jobs.

Advantages of Biodiesel:

  1. Biodiesel is the only alternative fuel in the US to complete EPA Tier I Health Effects Testing under section 211(b) of the Clean Air Act, which provide the most thorough inventory of environmental and human health effects attributes that current technology will allow.
  2. Biodiesel is the only alternative fuel that runs in any conventional, unmodified diesel engine. It can be stored anywhere that petroleum diesel fuel is stored.
  3. Biodiesel can be used alone or mixed in any ratio with petroleum diesel fuel. The most common blend is a mix of 20% biodiesel with 80% petroleum diesel, or "B20."
  4. The lifecycle production and use of biodiesel produces approximately 80% less carbon dioxide emissions, and almost 100% less sulfur dioxide. Combustion of biodiesel alone provides over a 90% reduction in total unburned hydrocarbons, and a 75-90% reduction in aromatic hydrocarbons. Biodiesel further provides significant reductions in particulates and carbon monoxide than petroleum diesel fuel. Biodiesel provides a slight increase or decrease in nitrogen oxides depending on engine family and testing procedures. Based on Ames Mutagenicity tests, biodiesel provides a 90% reduction in cancer risks.
  5. Biodiesel is 11% oxygen by weight and contains no sulfur. The use of biodiesel can extend the life of diesel engines because it is more lubricating than petroleum diesel fuel, while fuel consumption, auto ignition, power output, and engine torque are relatively unaffected by biodiesel.
  6. Biodiesel is safe to handle and transport because it is as biodegradable as sugar, 10 times less toxic than table salt, and has a high flashpoint of about 300 F compared to petroleum diesel fuel, which has a flash point of 125 F.
  7. Biodiesel can be made from domestically produced, renewable oilseed crops such as hemp.
  8. Biodiesel is a proven fuel with over 30 million successful US road miles, and over 20 years of use in Europe.
  9. When burned in a diesel engine, biodiesel replaces the exhaust odor of petroleum diesel with the pleasant smell of hemp, popcorn or french fries.
  10. The Congressional Budget Office, Department of Defense, US Department of Agriculture, and others have determined that biodiesel is the low cost alternative fuel option for fleets to meet requirements of the Energy Policy Act.

Biodiesel Impact:

An important factor that is not usually considered when calculating the costs and benefits of industrial feedstock materials is the macroeconomic effect associated with domestically produced, renewable energy sources. Economic benefits of a biodiesel industry in the US would include value added to the feedstock (oilseeds or animal fats), an increased number of manufacturing jobs, an increased tax base from plant operations and income taxes, investments in plant and equipment, improvement of our trade balance, and reductions in health care costs due to improved air quality and greenhouse gas mitigation.

Biodiesel has positive impacts on the state economy. An Iowa State University study concluded that three economic benefits would accrue to state from biodiesel. First, biodiesel expands demand for soybean oil, causing processors to pay more for soybeans, In addition, soybean farmers near the biodiesel plant would receive slightly higher prices for soybeans; and third, the presence of a facility that creates energy from soybeans would add value to the state's industrial and income base.

Dr. Hayes concluded that, "If the state of Iowa were to mandate the use of a 20 percent biodiesel blend in its state vehicle fleet where feasible, the total additional cost of this policy would range from $400,000 to $500,000. If it could be shown that this policy would result in a new five million gallon biodiesel plant in the state, then the policy would create more new tax revenues than it would cost and would clearly be in the best interest of the state."

Biodiesel has positive implications for production agriculture. A 1996 economic study published by the USDA Office of Energy predicted that a modest, sustained annual market for biodiesel of 100 million gallons in the US would contribute approximately seven cents to the price of each bushel of soybeans produced in the US. Based on last years harvested crop, the increase could have resulted in more than $168 million directly to the use of biodiesel.

Biodiesel has a positive impact on the US balance of trade.A 1998 biodiesel lifecycle study jointly sponsored by the US Department of Energy and the US Department of Agriculture concluded that increased use of biodiesel and biodiesel blended fuels such as B20 would substantially benefit our economy. The report concluded that national spending to import petroleum sends significant amounts of dollars out of our domestic economy every year. Biodiesel offers the potential to shift this spending from foreign imports to domestically produced energy. The report notes: "With its ability to be used directly in existing diesel engines, biodiesel offers the immediate potential to reduce our demand for petroleum in the transportation sector."

Biodiesel contributes jobs to the local economy. Economic work conducted at the University of Missouri estimated the benefits of producing biodiesel in a metropolitan region. This study concluded that 100 million gallons of biodiesel production could generate an estimated $8.34 million increase in personal income and over 6,000 additional temporary or permanent jobs for the metropolitan region.1

  1. National Biodiesel Board

We can covert any vegetable oil into diesel fuel 
below are my basic instructions
1. Simply add NaOH (lye) to vegetable oil (corn, hemp, jojoba, and peanut oil.)
(This combination of elements separates the glaciered molecule)
You will have two by-products a high quality soap at the bottom and a kerosene base liquid on top
stir until it will take no more NaOH
2. Add Methanol or even Ever clear.
3. You now have diesel.
If you are using used cooking oil you will first need to filter your oil.

There are many directions available on the internet. Here are a few of them below.

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  • 20/20 Vision 20/20 Vision empowers citizens to speak out for a clean environment and a world free of nuclear weapons with new actions each month
  • ActForChange ActForChange makes it easy for people to become online activists and speak out on behalf of progressive issues. By combining progressive news with opportunities for citizen action, ActForChange is a powerful and far-reaching catalyst for social change.
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  • Save Hemp Send an updated pre-written letter to all of your elected officials and the DEA telling them that you oppose a ban personal care products made with hemp


Sustainable Jobs


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Food Safety, Organic Food and GMOs
  • Center for Food Safety Includes editable e-mail letter to the FDA Commissioner demanding labeling for GMO foods (Do something!)
  • Consumers Union Lists press releases, letters and discussion papers on the topic of genetically modified foods and more
  • Friends of the Earth Real Food Campaign A family guide to choosing healthy, GMO-free foods with information from around the world
  • International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) International organization promoting sustainable agricultural systems worldwide
  • Local Harvest Searchable database of organic farms, CSAs, farmers markets and more across the US
  • National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture
  • Organic Consumers Association Includes info on the BioDemocracy Campaign, a public interest organization dedicated to building a healthy, safe, and sustainable system of food production and consumption
  • OrganicHub Search All organic search engine
  • Organic MD Health education web site presenting clear, straightforward advice from a physician
  • True Food Greenpeace’s site devoted to the campaign against genetically engineered foods
  • "Why Labeling Genetically Modified Organisms is Pointless" A call to ban GMOs altogether from an EarthFirst!er in the UK
  • Willing Workers on Organic Farms WWOOF is dedicated to helping those who would like to work as volunteers on organic farms internationally


Green Business


Green Products

  • Acorn Designs Recycled and tree-free notecards, stationery and journals, and organic cotton t-shirts
  • Conservatries Looking for information on environmentally-friendly papers? Let this nonprofit web site be your guide.
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  • ShopForChange A percentage of the sales from ShopForChange go to progressive social change organizations nationwide.


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Judaism and Sustainability

  • Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life COEJL engages Jewish institutions and individuals in bringing the moral passion of Jewish tradition and social action to environmental stewardship in order to preserve the integrity of creation, advance social justice, protect future generations, and strengthen the Jewish community.


Alternative Energy and Bio-diesel




Other Sustainability Sites and Organizations

  • Center for a New American Dream "More fun! Less stuff!"
  • Center for a Sustainable Economy Non-profit, non-partisan research and policy organization that promotes innovative tax and other market-based approaches to achieving a sustainable economy -- one that integrates long-term economic growth, environmental quality and social fairness.
  • Co-op America Non-profit helping consumers and investors use their power for social change.
  • Communities by Choice Living sustainably is not a choice . . . it's a lifetime of choices.
  • Consumer's Choice Council Non-profit dedicated to protecting the environment and human rights through ecolabeling. Has info on a variety of policies relating to consumer choice including a fact sheet, proposed regulatory legislation, correspondence with leaders, positions of other countries and lots on WTO involvement.
  • Earth Charter Sets forth fundamental principles for a sustainable way of life. Get involved in their efforts to spread the word.
  • EcoTalk Listen to It's Your Environment! with host Lynn Landes on Mondays, 5:00-6:00 PM Eastern. Lynn is the founder of Zero Waste America and is the volunteer host of this enviro-talk show broadcast from WDVR-FM in New Jersey. Hear the show live or peruse the archives including an interview with Alliance for Sustainability President, Terry Gips.
  • Environmental Research Foundation Subscribe to the popular publication Rachel's Environment and Health News and more.
  • Friends of the Earth US "Friends of the Earth is a national, non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the planet from environmental degradation; preserving biological, cultural, and ethnic diversity; and empowering citizens to have an influential voice in decisions affecting the quality of their environment -- and their lives."
  • Hudson Valley Sustainable Communities Network
  • PopSustainability Non-profit organization promoting more sustainable lifestyles through the tools of popular culture--the means of mass media and the arts
  • Raventalk Resources for a sustainable planet future
  • Rocky Mountain Institute "...Fosters the efficient and restorative use of resources to create a more secure, prosperous, and life-sustaining world"
  • Sierra Club The US's oldest environmental advocacy organization - "Protecting the Environment...For Our Families, For Our Future"
  • SunNetwork Issues calendar of events and news on sustainability. Also includes chats, videos and audio interactives.
  • Sustainability Institute A think-do tank dedicated to sustainable resource use, sustainable economics, and sustainable community.
  • Sustainable Harvest International Sustainable agriculture training program working with populations in four Central American countries
  • Union of Concerned Scientists Scientific discussion of a wide range of topics from agriculture to arms control including briefings, case studies and an FAQ page--all in easy to understand terms.
  • Worldwatch Dedicated to fostering the evolution of an environmentally sustainable society--one in which human needs are met in ways that do not threaten the health of the natural environment or the prospects of future generations.
  • Zero Waste America ZWA promotes the recycling of all materials back into nature or the marketplace in a manner that protects human health and the environment.






Green Building and Design




Pesticides and Chemicals

  • National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides Features news, alerts, reports and more.
  • Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides NCAP works to protect people and the environment by advancing healthy solutions to pest problems.
  • Our Stolen Future This web site (and book of the same name) examines the ways that certain synthetic chemicals interfere with human functioning
  • Pesticide Action Network North America Explore PANNA's extensive resources, find out about the organization and work, and join them in the fight to reduce the use of hazardous pesticides.



  • Envision Sustainability Tools Produces sustainability software for environmental modeling.
  • Hart Environmental Data Hart Environmental Data develops indicators that measure progress toward a sustainable economy, society and environment. Good set of links.



  • French Meadow Bakery and Cafe Mouth-watering organic breads are French Meadow's specialty. We extend our warmest thanks for their food contributions to our events over the years!
  • The Green Mercantile "Healthy products for a healthy planet for healthy people." Retail a wide range of recycled and natural products including clothing, paper, toys, and home and office supplies. Located in Duluth, Minnesota.
  • Living Green Expo Join us on April 27, 2002 for this first time event at the St. Paul Armory and State Capitol Grounds to learn about practical products, ideas, resources and motivation for living more sustainably. Volunteer opportunities available
  • Minnesotans for an Energy-Efficient Economy ME3 is a coalition working to improve the quality of life, the environment and the economy of Minnesota by promoting energy efficiency and the sound use of renewable energy
  • NextStep Sponsored by the MN Office of Environmental Assistance, NextStep is a comprehensive, interactive sustainability web site with a focus on Minnesota
  • Organic Foods, Inc. Organic Foods has long been a generous contributor of delicious organic wraps, dips and more at our events. Look for them around town!

    Directory of Twin Cities area Internet sites that advocate progressive social change. Includes charitable, educational, arts, religious, and social/fraternal organizations working for social change.



  • EarthTrends: The Environmental Information Portal World Resources Institute's searchable environmental data on countries around the world in a range of categories
  • Electronic Green Journal Provides peer-reviewed articles, book reviews, news, and information on current printed and electronic sources concerning international environmental topics.
  • EcoSTEPS Australian based triple bottom line sustainability consultancy




Kiri Trees in Texas

Due to current severe changes in our Earth’s environment, it has become clear that the human race must transform rapidly and do something equally as tremendous in order to maintain a well-balanced existence with our Planet.  One of the most effective and natural methods for detoxifying our Planet comes to us as a magnificent gift from Japan called the Kiri Tree, which is also referred to as the Japanese Empress Tree, and the Paulownia Tree. The benefits of this tree are boundless and amazing. Not only does the Kiri Tree absorb ten times more CO2 than any other tree but also, it soaks up toxicity in the air, dirt, and water and then expels a massive amount of Oxygen.  In fact, the Kiri Tree flourishes and loves toxic soil and water. It is safe to say that it is the fastest growing tree on the planet. When planted from a seed and grown for eight years, it will be the same size as a 40-year-old Oak tree.

These very unique characteristics make the Kiri Tree the perfect tree for Texas. Texas suffers from extremely contaminated soil, air, and water, which has a harmful effect on all of its residents. So, in order to get the Kiri Tree Revolution started in Texas, Chris Sanders and Brittany Turner have begun planting seeds and clones to see which genetics will be the toughest survivors in the Texas climate. This Wonder Tree can help purify Texas and make it Green again! It is such a blessing that the Kiri Tree loves toxicity, lots of sunshine, and will reduce the CO2 levels in our environment.  Since no one has planted Kiri Trees in Texas yet, Chris and Brittany will be taking pictures and documenting all of the activity so that we have the knowledge to help plant these trees all over Texas and eventually all over the United States!

We purchased these Japanese Kiri Tree seeds from

Day One of Sprouting

March 20, 2007

The First Visible Germination



We planted our seeds in Jiffy Peat Pellets that we sat in a water tray.
On our second try we used rain water.

The seeds are tiny and look like little flakes of skin and are extremely fragile.


Only ten days after we sowed the seeds, we began to notice bright
green little sprouts poking their heads through the Peat Pellets.
We have watered it with a small dose of Miracle Grow mixed ( @ 1/2) in with the water.


We make sure to give the little trees LOTS of Sunshine!

Day Three

You can track our growth on myspace!



Royal Paulownia & Japanese Kiri
Seed and Seedling Sources

Producers of Royal Paulownia Trees

Here is a short list of producers of Royal Paulownia plant material. These companies sell seeds or seedlings on the Internet. I have listed them as a quick start to help in ordering a Paulownia tree for the yard, ordering seed for Paulownia propagation or ordering significant numbers of trees for plantation establishment. This is not a company endorsement but a list of potential Internet sources for Royal Paulownia.

World Paulownia Institute LLC
Georgia based World Paulownia Institute Pacific International is the United States largest producer and supplier of Paulownia seedlings. The company has now introduced a new P. orienta for beautification and landscaping purposes.

Early Bird Nursery
"Early Bird specializes strictly in Paulownia, helping those who wish to start their own Paulownia plantation. Paulownia is not a "get rich quick undertaking", but it is a very promising farming alternative with a good rate of return on your investment. I have catalpafolia, elongata, tomentosa, and fortunei seeds." This company only sells seed. They are recommended by the American Paulownia Association.

Musser Forests Inc.
Musser Forests, Inc. produces over 35 million conifer and hardwood hardwood seedlings and transplants. "We offer the broadest selection of plant material available from one nursery." Musser is mainly a catalog company and geared to selling individual P. tomentosa as an ornamental.
"We at offer the knowledge, expertise and materials for your entry into Paulownia forestry. Our knowledge and expertise of Paulownia production is unsurpassed. Our growers guide alone will show and tell you how to get started in Paulownia. Our Americana™ series of trees are the best, from years of research and development."

LocalHarvest is a directory of food and seed markets. Their search engine helps find products from family farms and local sources to sell online - that includes Paulownia seed. The Company says you should "shop with confidence knowing that your order is protected with our money back guarantee".

Toad Gully Growers
This is an Australian wholesale nursery specializing in forestry planting stock, in particular the fast growing Paulownia tree. "Toad Gully Growers are committed to the idea that sustainable timber plantations hold the key to conserving natural forests. Paulownia, when given the right conditions, grows quickly and produces high quality, valuable timber which is a suitable replacement for tropical rainforest timber such as Maranti and can be used for a wide range of interior uses, including moldings and cabinet making."

The Paulownia Tree Company
This company operates in Talmage, California and can be found online at They carry P. elongata, P. fortunei, and the decorative P. Kawakamii.

Please email the Forestry at About if there are other companies you would like listed!


Paulownia Trees in Texas and The United States

These people will send you some trees -
have fun growing!

P.O. Box 91094
Lakeland Florida 33804

World Paulownia Institute - WPI
P.O. Box 721
Lenox, GA  31637

932 N.Buena Vista, Burbank, CA 91505

This is a way you can root from the clone

Make sure to get some of the bark with the cutting!

This should be good to grow - So I will put it in some water - fast and remember: light, wind, water.

I cut this one at six months for a cloning machine in the yard.

I hope you have fun growing!


Kiri Trees  - besides leaf, tea, and hardwood income,
the trees are Waste Water Systems that can clean the soil
and help organically remediate Bayous, Rivers, Lakes & Oceans.
Help the Sustainable Angels bring Kiri Trees to your area today!

10 Kiri Trees Produce more Oxygen than 100 Pine Trees!


Trees that can clean Bayous, Rivers, Lakes & Oceans.
Help the Angels bring the Hydrogen / LNG Highway to Texas!

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