Month: December 2010

December 28, 2010

Give Lard A Chance

Here’s another reason to save those bacon drippings: They can be converted into diesel fuel, that is if you have the the equipment handy to hydrogenate the fats and turn them into renewable diesel. Meat conglomerate Tyson Foods would like to see more Americans driving on lard if a new venture with Syntroleum works out. For more, see my recent piece in National Geographic News entitled Fat’s Chance as a Renewable Diesel Fuel.

December 19, 2010

Crime & Biogas

I’ve neglected to post a few stories that were published over the last couple of months and so in the spirit of holiday catch up I’ll share them now.

In September, the CQ Global Researcher, a monthly report from the CQ Press, published my report on Crime in Latin America. It’s by no means definitive or exhaustive, but it was great getting caught up on some of the issues, particularly the complexities of the wars of Mexico and Central America.

Last month, the excellent Yale 360 online magazine ran my feature story on biogas in China, China Turns to Biogas to Ease Impact of Factory Farms. I reported much of this piece while in China in July on my grant from Johns Hopkins, which helped me research a variety of issues surrounding rising meat consumption in China.