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The car that runs on bacon

May 13, 2009 |  9:59 pm

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