Price Big Issue for Soy Diesel

Price remains biodiesel's Achilles' heel

Published: 28-Aug-2003

Widespread use of diesel fuel made from soybeans could be a godsend to farmers, but price remains its Achilles' heel.

With some 200 government, utility and school bus fleets around the country using some percentage of soy biodiesel in their fuel, its reliability is proven, advocates told a meeting of Henderson County farmers, fuel distributors and others on Monday.

Biodiesel burns cleaner than petroleum-based diesel, is renewable, blends easily with diesel, may reduce the need to change crankcase oil, helps lubricate the engine and reduces dependence on foreign oil, they said.

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