Trouble Brews For French Grower Using Vegetable Oil Fuel
A grower in France, Olivier Lainé, is in trouble with the law for driving a
vehicle powered by an "unauthorized fuel" pure
vegetable oil, made from colza, or rape seed, grown on his own farm. He drove
the truck on public roads.
A directive passed
by the European Union last year instructs member states to encourage the use of
pure vegetable oil as a form of fuel for diesel-powered vehicles. Paris, however, has failed
so far to put the directive into law. On top of that, it is illegal to drive
vegetable-powered vehicles on public roads because taxes have not been paid on
doesn't see himself as a criminal. He claims he is a revolutionary. Using pure
vegetable oil as a fuel will contribute to solving problems, not making them,
Source: Independent News & Media Ltd., London, England
Dr. Cornelia Flora Butler
Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture and
Director, North Central Regional
Center for Rural
Iowa State University
Socio-technical Regime and the Changing
Tuesday, October 3, 2006
Gold A Room MSU Union, 3:45-5:00 pm
Why do farmers do what they do? The
socio-technical regime, more than individual farmer characteristics, determines
the agricultural landscape, often creating an industrial agricultural wasteland
of corn and soybeans. Illustrated by Iowa agriculture, the socio-technical regime
is the rule set comprised in the coherent complex composed of
Skills and procedures
Ways of handling relevant
artifacts and persons
Ways of defining problems
These are embedded in institutions and infrastructures. Examples will be
presented, along with discussion of how to change it.
Cornelia Butler Flora is past president of the Rural Sociological Society, the
Community Development Society, and the Society for Agriculture, Food and Human
Values. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of
Science. She is author and editor of a number of recent books, including Interactions Between Agroecosystems and Rural Communities, Rural Communities: Legacy and
Change 2nd edition, and Sustainable
Agriculture in Temperate Zone, as well as over 175 articles and
reviews. She was appointed to the National Agricultural Research,
Education and Economics Advisory Board in 2003, where she is on the Executive
Committee. Her research focuses on community-level interventions to bring
about positive, systemic change that includes healthy ecosystems, vital
economies, and social inclusion.
12. CSA Conference
November 10-12, 2006: Second
Biennial Conference for Community Supported Agriculture: Raising
vegetables and civic values: The role of CSA in the 21st Century.
Join us at the Kettunen Center
(just south of Cadillac, Michigan) to learn more about CSA –
with speakers and workshops for the prospective, new or experienced CSA
farmer. Speakers include CSA pioneers Steven McFadden and Scott Chaskey.
Sponsored by CSA-MI (with help from the sponsors listed below). Information at 231-889-3216.
****Check out the WEB site for
registration and details about pre conference workshop to starting a CSA http://www.csafarms.org/ ****
Mark your Calendar! the 18th Annual
Upper Midwest Organic Farming Conference
February 22-24, 2007
downtown La Crosse, WI
February 22, 2007 In La Crosse,
Held one day prior
to the UMOFC, the
Organic University provides 9 intensive full-day
courses in organic
The Upper Midwest Organic Farming Conference & the
are projects of
the Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service.
More than 130
That’s all for this week. Hope your harvest is going
well and your markets are growing!
Organic Vegetable and Crop Outreach Specialist
C.S. Mott Sustainable Food Systems
303 Natural Resources Bldg.