Sunday, June 12, 2011

Food v. Fuel

There exists food, fuel, fuel that comes from food, but I draw the line at this (e.g.):

Maybe I'm the last person on this verbal island -- heck, maybe I'm also the first -- but I am tired of the food-as-fuel metaphor. Please stop saying fuel when you mean sustenance, provisions, nutrition, nourishment or some other form of the idea of food.


Arlee Bird said...

Hmmm-- good point. Due to the rains I heard there was going to be a corn shortage this year. Not a good plan to run our cars on our food. How about kudzu? I've heard that mentioned as a possible solution and sounds good to me. I'm sure there are plenty of plants like that.

Tossing It Out

Dale said...

Lee, yes. Corn-based ethanol doesn't seem like a solution to anything, unless an adequate supply of corn is your idea of a problem. Kudzu seems promising as a biofuel if anything does -- it's one of many plants that has no other critical use and yet grows fast with minimal care (etc). Surely we can find something better than corn if we're going the biofuels route.