Olive Biofuel/Biodiesel Cultivation
There is purported to be an Olive Tree in Bar, Montenegro which has been radio-carbon dated to over 2000 years in age. The long lifespan of olive trees make olives the most feasible of all biofuel crops. Olive bio-diesel will out perform fuels such as ethanol or methanol.
For practical purposes, Olives can take as long as 35 years to be considered "productive"; this is an arbitrary number of farmers who pretty much let nature take its course for 35 years. Agricultural, horticultural and botanical scientists can easily shave 12, maybe even 20 years off of "time to maturity of fruit bearing wood", via some of the following and other methods:
- Using Mycorrhizae fungi to "boost" growth speed, flowering, fruit production, etc.
- Altering current "bad practices", i.e., taking New York City sewage dumped into the Atlantic and moving it by rail to Olive Groves in the Southwestern US (as * proceesed * organo-fertilzer).
- Taking horse-manure from race-tracks and stables and using it as "weed-control mulch/Olive tree nutrients" rather than burying it in a landfill
- Genetically engineering olives or traditionally breeding Olives to produce higher oil for bio-diesel
- Taking waste such as walnut husks, urban grass clippings, tree-trimming chips from cities and using them as "water-conserving mulch" in Olive Groves
- Taking the human knowledge from the Olive-Grower/Horticultural Industries and deseminating good growing practices to African and Middle-east deserts, Southwestern US start-up farms
Above is the Olive Tree of Vouves on the island of Crete in Greece, considered by many to be a living monument. The Olive of Vouves is estimated to be between 4,000-5,000 years old, considered to be the oldest living Olive Tree on Earth...
The long-lifespan of Olive Trees makes Olive Culture many, many times more lucrative than algae, safflowers, corn, switchgrass, etc. Olives are the natural best choice for bio-diesel and bio-fuel.