Rejecting Agrofuel: What To Do

The diamond-cut life is about more joy, more integrity and less consumption as we deal with global warming. The food-as-fuel track that the U.S. is on assumes unlimited consumption (driving alone, for instance) with no particular joy or integrity.

What are practical, concrete things we can do? Here is what my household is doing to use less gas and discourage the business of agrofuel (food-as-fuel). Please write in with your ideas too (click Comments at the top of this post.)

Put your household on a fuel or gasoline diet. For instance, how much do you intend to spend on gas each month? (average $3.65/gallon in Oregon at time of this writing). Having healthy limits is what adults do. Some ways we live happily within our fuel diets:

  • Use public transit I am using only public transit today and not touching a car. To see the fun of this, read the 200-word piece Secret Lover, Secret Watchdog. (written before I started carpooling to Salem for my new job)
  • Walk for errands of two miles and less
  • Bicycle to destinations of five miles and less
  • Post a handmade map on your refrigerator of all the cool things you can do within walk/bike distance of home. Spring and summer weather make this much easier.
  • Post a list of all the fun things you can do AT home
  • Carpool or vanpool, especially for long commutes. I have great fun with this. See Carpool Survivor

Check out Drive Less Save More as a good resource for driving less. By June 1st it plans to have a Trip Diary that we can all use to record our non-drive-alone trips. That which gets measured gets improved. I’m going to use it!

Tell your Congresspeople you don’t want food used as fuel. Say that we should be using less fuel, instead. Here’s an easy place to find their contact info.

When you have to drive, drive the most fuel-efficient car you can. But, even then, don’t use that as an excuse to drive more than necessary. Tomorrow I’ll write about the new hybrid we just bought. Is your money on the Prius or the Honda Civic hybrid?

Photo courtesy of “CaptPiper”, graphic added by Hanmi Meyer.

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3 Responses to “Rejecting Agrofuel: What To Do”


  1. 1 alex May 10, 2008 at 1:56 am

    Hey! Thanks for all the great info. I was browsing through a bunch of green websites and blogs and I came across yours and found it very interesting. There are a bunch of others I like too, like the daily green, ecorazzi and earthlab.com. I especially like EarthLab.com’s carbon calculator (http://www.earthlab.com/signupprofile/). I find it really easy to use (it doesn’t make me feel guilty after I take it). Are there any others you would recommend? Can you drop me a link to your favorites (let me know if they are the same as mine).

  2. 2 Crafty Green Poet May 15, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    Good advice, I like your last comment. We have never had a car, we take the bus to work and walk most places, to do the shopping etc. We don’t have bikes, Edinburgh is hilly and congested with traffic so unconfident cyclists are a bad idea! There are loads of nice places to visit within walking distance or a short bus journey away from where we live (we’re really lucky like that!). I’ve also just been offered another job which as well as lots of other advantages will be within walking distance of our flat.

    Agrofuels are a real potential problem, I think people and even governments are waking up to the problems already which is good, but already people are going hungry and rainforest depletion is accelerating

  3. 3 Marcie May 17, 2008 at 2:19 am

    Yay! Congrats on the new Hybrid. I’d like to think you bought it all because of their totally AWESOME commercial I shared w/ you awhile back. I’m sure that was the clincher. LOL!
    ENjoy! You are SO blessed to have one!!


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