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Jatropha the water hog

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  • Robert Monie
    Hi,   The high-techies at MIT have recently disclosed that Jatropha is totally unsuitable as a sustainable cash crop or soil conditioner or anything of much
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 11, 2009
      Hi,
       
      The high-techies at MIT have recently disclosed that Jatropha is totally unsuitable as a sustainable cash crop or soil conditioner or anything of much value, because of its great thirst for water. In a word, they have christened it a "water hog."  Personally, I would avoid the stuff like the plague. Or you might make a flag with a kudzu plant that bears the banner "remember kudzu."  That plant also at one time looked to be the stuff of paradises, moonbeams and sweet dreams, but turned out a nightmare for the residents of Alabama and Mississippi who have to live within its relentless clutches.  
       
      Beware of monocrop solutions. Read Newman Turner's Fertility Farming; plant polycultures and leys. A Google.com search for "Jatropha water hog" should convince anyone that this plant is not the road to Eden.
       
      Bob Monie
      New Orleans, LA
      USA

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