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Kudzu Product!

Doug Bizell is the mad scientist of the South. Turning something no
one wants into something everyone needs. He makes a product called
Kudzunol, made from Kudzu. Kudzu is a weed that grows 12 inches a
day, every single day. It will reach 66 – 98 feet in trees.

Used for erosion control in the 1930s, it now covers anything and
everything in the southern U.S. Since Doug lives in Tennessee, he
has no problem finding it. It covers 7 million acres in the American

You cannot kill it, highway departments are trying to control it
which is a neverending and often losing battle. It will grow out in
the road if you are not careful.

Inventor or moonshiner? With a kitchen grinder, some old hose and an
old milk can, Bizell ferments the Kudzu into moonshine, alcohol or
better known as ethanol. The test for good moonshine is that it is
clean and a nice blue flame when set on fire.

Researchers have found numerous other viable products to make
ethanol besides corn. An acre of Kudzoo will ferment into 10
gallons of Kudzunol which only costs a buck a gallon and it works.
This process will certainly put all of that overgrowth to good use.

Doug runs his truck and lawnmower with it. Along with that he
is trying to put together a small demonstration plant to show how
he does it. And all of the Kudzunol that he has made is already

He wants to turn Tennessee and Georgia into the Saudia Arabia of

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  1. Heath Says:

    If they cn make that go, it would be great on many levels. renewable, less chemicals to control it, jobs for that area of the country, Ethanol in areas outside of corn belt, wouldn’t take away from food supply… Lots of positives.

  2. shiitake farm Says:

    That’s great!

    We’re here in Tennessee working on cattail ethanol. Cattails can produce up to 10,000 gallons/year per acre.

    Grass clippings, the most abundant crop in America is also promising.

    Ethanol is easy to produce. If enough people do it, America can once again become the biggest energy exporter in the world. However, India is far ahead of everyone in research and development of biofuels.

  3. Linda Says:

    Hi Heath … They will make this one go as there is a need to get rid of the Kudzu.

    Hi Shitake Farm … WooHoo! Cattail ethanol? I did not realize that these would ferment!

    You are absolutely right in that India is ahead of the world but I believe us Americans will catch up!

  4. Barbara Says:

    Hi Linda,

    This is great news. This even made the national news on NBC last night.

    Barbaras last blog post..The Dome Home Revival

  5. Linda Says:

    Hi Barbara … great minds think alike!

  6. wilson Says:

    WoW, Linda. I never heard this Kudzu before and it’s a very brilliant idea indeed!

    wilsons last blog post..Do Mind About Your Sleeping Hours!

  7. Linda Says:

    Hi Wilson … Lots of new ideas hitting the internet that are very useful and green.

  8. ToteNTots Says:

    I am so grateful that people are kooky enough and smart enough to think of these things. Today’s mad scientist is tomorrow’s answer. And maybe a millionaire.

  9. Linda Says:

    Hi Tote … Isn’t that so cool. Inventing is not dead and there will be new millionaires…. 🙂

  10. Julia Says:

    Great subjects on your blog. I am going to keep looking here for new stuff to digest. I am trying to convince my husband that we need to build our “dream home” totally green but I am having some resistance. I’ll keep checking your links for fueling my fire.

    Julias last blog post..The Shortest Day of The Year

  11. Linda Says:

    Hi Julia … There are many, many options of building a green home. Love to have you back in hopes that we have given you the fuel.

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