Focus on the Environment: Oil from algae – a promising alternative to fossil fuels

Commercial cultivation of algae to produce oil and other usable byproducts is looking increasingly viable. And there’s no reason why Ontario farmers can’t participate


The ancient Greeks ate it in large volumes, the 18th century Scots extracted the chemicals from it as it washed up on their windswept shorelines, and now it seems that 21st century internal combustion engines might be run on the stuff. Oil from algae – “oilgae” to some – has become a real prospect in the ongoing battle to find viable alternatives to ever-decreasing fossil fuels.

Better Farming - October 2009