17 Aug '11, 6pm

So, we can now make #biodiesel out of alligator fat. But as @matmcdermott says just bc we can doesn't mean we should

So, we can now make #biodiesel out of alligator fat. But as @matmcdermott says just bc we can doesn't mean we should

According to the Science Daily summary of the research, Rakesh Bajpai and team, ...showed in laboratory experiments that extracted oil from alligator fat can easily be converted into biodiesel. The oil actually was more suitable for biodiesel production that oil from some other animal fats. The gator biodiesel was similar in composition to biodiesel from soybeans, and met nearly all of the official standards for high quality biodiesel. While it's interesting that alligator fat is easier to turn into biodiesel than other animals, that in no way means that we should do so. Alligator farming may not be done on the scale of factory farming chickens, pigs, cows, etc., and I'm normally for efficient use of waste products on grounds of environmental sustainability, but somehow this seems no more humane than keeping bears in cages to extract their bile , farming tigers for medicin...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/08/alligator-fat-bio...

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