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The car that runs on bacon

GaspumpguyBacon, it’s not just for breakfast, lunch and dinner anymore.

It's the biofuel of choice for a pair of entrepreneurs building their business on pig fat. Founded in 2005 by married couple Dan and Tracy Kaderabek, Bio-Blend Fuels has a three-acre processing plant in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. "The pork gets run through microwaves to make precooked bacon, the grease falls off and that's what we use," Dan tells the Manitowoc Herald Reporter. "Americans' bad eating habits ensure our supply."

It doesn’t send consumer dollars offshore, reduces our dependence on foreign oil, offers better fuel efficiency than traditional diesel… blah blah blah. Here's the real bonus: When you're driving in or behind one of those bio-diesel cars, instead of inhaling the scent of rancid popcorn, you'll be bathed in a sweet bacon wind. We'll add it to our list of 1,001 things to do with bacon.

--Elina Shatkin

Photo: Kristopher Moller, who owns Conserv Fuel, holds onto one of the ethanol pumps at his gas station.

Credit: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

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hmmmmmm......guess we don't want to think about the carbon footprint factor of how much co2 we STILL release into the air of our dying planet while feeding and transporting, slaughtering all of these pigs - kinda like our factory farms.........


just someone looking to make a quick buck until we catch on.

I'm thinking of starting a bio-fuel biz using used fried chicken fat. Could that be considered as a bacon and eggs mix?

The heck with E85... the future belongs to B85!

Think lyposuction in LA. the by-product is the new eco-friendly fuel of choice for the Hollywood crowd

"In which parallel universe is pig farming considered an environmentally-friendly (or morally sound) practice?"

In which parallel universe were you elected Pope?

Three words: swine flu repeat (after this pandemic is over).

Whether or not it is moral, environmentally-friendly, or what have you, at least it's something useful for the otherwise wasted by-products.

In which parallel universe is pig farming considered an environmentally-friendly (or morally sound) practice?
Bacon doesn't grow on trees the last time I checked.


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