I want to be public relations director for a plant.
That plant is kudzu. I believe that kudzu is the next great bio-ethanol. All this imported vine needs is effective PR counsel.
There is precedent. Look what good PR has done for grape vines that produce wine or for industrial hemp (cannabis).
Kudzu, native to China and Japan, is a woody vine that grows ridiculously fast, gaining as much as 60 feet in a single growing season. Its roots can grow to the diameter of a man’s forearm. It was introduced decades ago into the Southeastern U.S. to help control soil erosion.
Trouble is, kudzu is extremely hard to control and virtually impossible to eradicate once it gets going. In the deep South, I have seen it cover acres of land, including trees, and even abandoned vehicles and houses. When kudzu takes over, it covers everything like a green leafy snow. It soon smothers out the native plants.
But what a heck of a way to use this nasty, worthless vine. Make bio-ethanol out of it. Mississippi alone could fuel the world with its kudzu-covered acres.
Racing Corvettes are already using cellulosic ethanol made from sawdust, wood chips, and agricultural waste. I’d love to see a kudzu-powered ZR1 lapping Porches at the Nurburgring.
Yep, good PR is essential to help this much-hated pest give it up for the greater good of preserving the planet’s environment. I’m in.