Schmaltzmobiles Coming Soon


Harold Bate's Chicken Powered 1953 Hillman "Chicken Coupe"

In Missouri two nice boys, Jerry Bagby and Harold Williams, are making biodiesel from schmaltz, Yiddish for chicken fat, which used to be considered a yummy treat to spread on toast. The Tyson Foods plant nearby makes tons of it, and they mix it with soybean oil, hoping to make up to three million gallons of biodiesel per year. Believe me, better in your car than in your arteries. The Rockford Registar Star notes: "Today, only a tiny fraction of U.S. biodiesel is made from chicken fat, but that seems likely to change. The rising cost of soybean oil — which accounts for roughly 90 percent of all biodiesel fuel stock — is pushing the industry to exploit cheap and plentiful animal fats. The nation’s biggest meat corporations haven taken notice. Tyson Foods announced in November it has established a renewable energy division that will be up and running during 2007. Competitors Perdue Farms Inc. and Smithfield Foods Inc. are making similar moves."(and Smithfield has a lot of the unkosher stuff) via ::ecosherpa