Bad Idea Bio-Fuel

My wife hails from rural Thailand. Her village is called Ban Nam Poo. Not Ban Nok or ‘bird village’, as the Thais derisively call these forgotten communities off the gird. Farmers in Ban Nam Poo have grown rice for generations. Enough to eat. Enough to trade. Enough to make lao khao.


They survived Thaksin 3-harvest a year push. Many have abandoned the pesticides for traditional growing methods, however large plot-owners have been switching from rice to sugar cane for bio-fuel. The result?

Sugar is expensive.

Likewise palm oil Asia’s most-common cooking oil is rising in price. The demand from cars supercede the open human mouth. Feed the almighty car first and damn the beer.

Damn the beer!

Is there nothing sacred?

Everyone in Thailand is complaining about the price of food.

Paeng paeng paeng.

It takes 2 rai of land to power one car.

Solar panels a thousand times less than that.

GM doesn’t produce solar cars.

And what is the solution?

Don’t ask me, because you won’t like what I have to say.


The palm is a highly efficient producer of vegetable oil, squeezed from the tree’s thick bunches of plum-size bright red fruit. An acre of oil palms yields as much oil as eight acres of soybeans, the main rival for oil palms; rapeseed, used to make canola oil, is a distant third. Among major crops, only sugar cane comes close to rivaling oil palms in calories of human food per hectare.

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