Hello Dear Benoit and All,
Thanks so much for this exciting posting, which does indeed have great relevance, especially because fuel is a scarcity now, so energy/electricity is too. Yet there are abundant plant and animal wastes, which could be put to good purpose as fuel, if the technology can be developed. Which it looks to be from this article! George Chan may be doing some of this already, and Jeff might tell us more abt that.
This is actually an interesting link to the FoodStory project. I am also interested in the role of women and youth in this regard too. A recent study has indicated that there are so many child laborers in developing countries, and that many are mistreated (given the levels of poverty, the involvement of children is not surprising, but abuse is unacceptable, and there needs to be a way to provide them with an education regardless).
I'm hoping that we can examine some of these ancillary and very important aspects of story of food and agricultural production. Fuel is something often gathered by women and youth as well, so this is one aspect of the biofuels story which will be good to watch (ie to ensure that, if natural materials are used, those gathering same and working in the creation of biofuel will be well-treated, and adequately compensated).
With greatest thanks and the very best of wishes, Janet
Sent: Nov 6, 2006 9:48 AM
Subject: [holistichelping] First ever conference looks at the potential of biofuels in Africa.