Using bio fuel in farmingIn case you decide to minimize the carbon footprint think about using bio fuel. Biofuel is derived from renewable organic materials, thus, it’s environmentally friendly. You can use biodiesel for instance for running tractors or other equipments that you use at the farm.
About bio fuels
Biodiesel is a fuel derived from organic materials that are readily available. Scientists discovered many plants and organic materials that are good for use. For instance: coleseed, oil palms, sunflowers, peanuts, and soybeans are rich in vegetable oil and they are suitable for the production of bio fuel.
The good news is that these aren’t the only sources for obtaining these fuels. Current research are investigating the possibility of using algae for producing bio fuel. Algae can yield much more quantities of oil compared to the traditional crops and they can be grown in harsh environments, like sewage treatment plants. In this way, the farmland will no longer have to be used for production.
The advantages of using biodiesel on the farm
Firstly, using biodiesel reduces the carbon footprint of vehicles, like tractors, due to the fact that biodiesel burns more completely and it’s cleaner in combustion engines compared to those that are derived from fossil fuels. Thus, they don’t influence the carbon cycle negatively, as they release only the carbon dioxide that was absorbed by the plant while it grew. The fossil fuels pollute the air and they raise the greenhouse gases, thus contributing to global warming.
Secondly, biodiesel is biodegradable and non-toxic, and it reduces the wear and tear on the equipments’ engines. Thus, less tractor service and maintenance is needed over the life of the vehicle, meaning reduced costs of ownership.
Reducing the carbon footprint in farm
The easiest way to go green on the farm is to use biodiesel. In this way you will reduce the carbon footprint. Moreover, biodiesel is cheaper than the regular diesel and it can extend the vehicle’s life.