Jatropha the water hog
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.
New Orleans, LA
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