Kentucky: Group Wants To Use Algae, Hemp Bio-Diesel
By Sarah Harlan, WFIE
KENTUCKY (NBC) - Some Kentucky activists said they've found a way to make cleaner fuel without depleting food resources.
A Kentucky oil awareness group is holding a series of meetings to discuss bio-diesel instead of ethanol, which comes from corn and soybeans.
The group wants to use algae and hemp instead.
Right now, it's illegal to grow the crop in the United States.
"In Jessamine County, KY in front of the courthouse is a historical marker," Harry Lee with the oil awareness group said. "It talks about the hemp crop that Jessamine County used to grow. 1850 they grew 40,000 tons, they sold it for $5 million bucks."
In the mid 1800's, three Kentucky counties produced more than half of the hemp in the U.S. used for rope and twine, among other things.
Today, studies show it could be used to make bio diesel.