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Researchers at the University of Oxford in England are suggesting that agave, the plant that brings us tequila, may be an ideal biofuel source to replace gasoline with. Scientists at Oxford found that, like many biofuel crops, agave-derived ethanol is potentially very eco-friendly.  More importantly, unlike corn, sugar cane and other crops used for biofuel production, agave isn’t consumed by humans and can be grown in marginal or desert land. This means there’s a far lower risk of food prices increasing, and wildlife being lost.  Agave biofuel trials are currently taking place in Australia and some experts, according to UK’s Science Daily, are already plotting to reclaim abandoned agave plantations in Mexico and Africa, where agave was used to produce a type of fiber used in rope and dartboard creation.   Adding tequila to the mix of future biofuels surely will give everyone a bit of a jolt, and perhaps cost them a bit more at their local watering hole.  But, how cool would it be if we could head to our favorite haunts and fill up our gas tanks with a bit of tequila biofuels shots, and perhaps with a lime on the side?

Check This New Site Out!

On another note there is a neat new site you should visit.  http://www.izilwane.org/ Izilwane focuses on “connecting the human animal to the global ecosystem.”  Izilwane, which means “animals” in Zulu, is a new online magazine and forum that focuses on human interactions with the environment and sustainability issues. These are issues that concern us here at the earthy report as well.  If you’re into wildlife and biodiversity this is a site to add to your bookmarks.   A definite recommended earthy report site.  Enjoy.

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  1. […] We were also noticed by the environmental blog “The Earthy Report,” founded by John Vlahakis, entrepreneur and community activist. His site is an arena for green news, as well as for articles on health and lifestyle choices that consider the long-term state of life on earth. He is also the creator of the environmentally safe cleaning supplies, “Earth Friendly Products.” Inspired by the birth of his daughter, John raised himself to a higher level of environmentalism: “I had an epiphany. As I held my infant daughter, I did not want any harm to come to her. I realized that everything that was harming the environment would also be harming her. I felt I had to make a difference for her, to make the world a better place for her. I had to show her that one person could change the world.” Read his blurb about IZ here. […]

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