Wayback Machine 1934: Henry Ford on Biofuels and Bioplastics


Henry Ford tells Modern Mechanix about his vision of a future made of biofuels and bioplastics, in 1934:

"I foresee the time when industry shall no longer denude the forests which require generations to mature, nor use up the mines which were ages in the making, but shall draw its raw material largely from the annual products of the fields," he declared.

"I am convinced that we shall be able to get out of the yearly crops most of the basic materials which we now get from forest and mine. We shall grow annually many if not most of the substances needed in manufacturing.

"When that day comes, and it is surely on the way, the farmer will not lack a market and the worker will not lack a job. More people will live in the country. The present unnatural condition will be naturally balanced again. Chemistry will reunite agriculture and industry. They were allowed to get too far apart and the world has suffered by the separation."

::Modern Mechanix

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