04/03/2009 Media Alert: Poison Pistachios and Waste Foods Are Viable Clean Fuel Source

Monday April 6, 2009: Santa Cruz, CA

Permaculture and BioFuels Expert and author David Blume announced today that the current Poison Pistachio crisis that is triggering nationwide recalls can be readily repurposed into an environmentally and economically beneficial Alcohol Fuel product. 

Contaminated and waste food crises such as the recent toxic peanut recall and the current Pistachio recall demonstrate once again why America needs a thriving small-scale alcohol fuel system,” Blume stated. “Pistachios and peanuts are blended with wheat and sugary carbohydrates to create an enormous variety of food products. Toxic carb-ladened products in the form of billions of tons of recalled cookies, grain based dog food and candy that are presently be directed to area landfills around the US would serve a far productive and safer purpose and are ideally suited to be fodder for alcohol fuel.” 

We can extract the starches and sugars from these products, feed them to yeast (the same yeast used to make bread), which converts them to an end product alcohol fuel suited to replacing gasoline, ethanol, biodiesel and heating oil. Nut oil extracted from the brew could provide all the boiler fuel required to run the plants producing the modest heat and electricity used by the distilleries.  


Massive food system failures happen with surprising frequency.


  • California-based Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc., the nation's second-largest pistachio processor, was voluntarily recalling a portion of the roasted nuts it has been shipping since last fall that a Setton spokeswoman said amounts to more than 2 million pounds of nuts.

  • We just went through the Toxic Peanut recall affecting millions of tons of food products.

  • In the 80’s there was an outbreak of aflatoxin in the nation’s corn supply, which made most of a full year’s crop carcinogenic.

  • During the California medfly crisis, and Florida freezes much of the citrus crops go to the dump.


Poison crops can be repurposed to help replace toxic fossil fuel and here’s how:

According to Blume, “Turning waste into valuable fuel, works best in smaller local alcohol plants. These plants are more nimble than the behemoth Ethanol plants that rely exclusively on corn. By having flexible material handling at the start of the distillation process, they are able to use smaller lots of different materials. The fermentation, distillation and Alcohol Fuel produced are the same regardless of whether we use corn, beets, cellulose, old bread or poison nuts.”

As demonstrated in Blume’s Amazon.com best-selling book Alcohol Can Be Gas, a wide variety of waste foods including: donuts, broken pretzels, candy and all sorts of food processing waste can be used to produce clean, “green”

Alcohol Fuel for about 30 cents per gallon. Blume and his colleagues hope that President Obama’s plans for renewable fuel development will provide substantial enough incentives for eco-entrepreneurs to build small-scale waste consuming distillation plants to help clean up the environment while creating millions of new non-exportable jobs that repurpose laid-off industrial and agricultural workers across the country.


For more information about Mr. Blume or Alcohol Fuel production, contact Tom Harvey, theCommunications, (530) 257-3533, thcommunications@gmail.com, or visit: http://www.permaculture.com.




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