veggie car


we did it! we converted our car to veggie oil.

or to be more precise, my husband did it while i copied recipes from my friend sarah’s vegetarian cookbook and strummed guitar and went shopping at value village. 🙂

now when we toot along in our white volkswagon golf we smell like mcdonald’s — which i would ordinarly hate, except it’s the smell of affordability, of renewability, of efficiency… the best smell in the world 🙂

but when i really stop to think about it my head hurts, because i realize that even this isn’t the answer. not everyone can run their car off used vegetable oil; already we’re sparring against other local enviro-freaks for the veggie oil we do have, so what if more than two couples per 500-mile radius decided they wanted to spare the planet? what then?

what do you think? what is the answer? bio-fuel is eating up our earth, making food prices exhorbant and starving children obsolete. meanwhile i munch on my burger and smell the fries drifting through our radiator and think ‘ah, what a blessed smell’ — but who am i kidding? it’s the smell of denial, the smell of putting off for one more day the inevitability of a dying world…

or is it?

to spare you from another downer of a blog, i’m going to tack this at the end: at least we’re trying, right? that’s all we can do. but for the record, we should bike as much as possible, and walk whenever life permits it, for cars just aren’t the way to go. ever.



  1. Teneale said,

    March 17, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    That is really cool. I never beleived it could actually happen…I mean, run cars off of oil? Too crazy. Makes me wonder what other secrets the gov. is hiding from us? What could we really run our cars off of? Solar energy maybe? I know we could be a lot more environmentally friendly, but then the oil company would stop making their billions…At least you are doing you best. I guess that’s all we can really do.

  2. Gaby said,

    March 17, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    Hmm – those are very interesting questions that you are raising. I agree with you that even veggie oil isn’t the answer since this is going to up food prices and you are burning valuable “food” that could feed God know how many starving people in the world. Not only that – but to grow the veggies more land must be deforested which in turn also adds to our environmental crisis.

    But you are right when you say at least you are doing something. A friend of mine who has been a vegetarian for over 10 years told me that it is unreasonable to try and do everything – every little bit helps – step by step – even if you just start small like you with your car or us with not running water unnecessarily, not drying laundry, driving as little as possible, not eating beef and only buying vegetarian and animal friendly body products :).

    As for the car situation – I personally think that old cars should be banned since their exhaust is much worse that that of new cars – the government should give a tax break to all those who have old cars so they can invest in a new car if they want – the old cars should be recycled. But anyway – there is so much we can do and have to do to make the world better and we just can’t give up.

  3. naomi said,

    March 17, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    There’s only so much we can do. Doesn’t mean we should stop trying, but you can only do what you can. One person doesn’t cause nearly as much damage as a big company pumping poisons into rivers and creating gas-guzzling cars which their marketing then convinces us we need. You guys are legends, don’t be discouraged.

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