California once grew a lot of sugar beets to supply the state’s sugar mills. Most of those the mills are closed now, and farmers have turned to other row crops. But in the Central Valley, growers are on a quest to bring back the gnarly looking vegetable – this time to turn it into ethanol.
The story starts in the town of Mendota, a poor, farming community on the Valley’s west side, where jobs are scarce and rarely steady.
… Full text: www.californiareport.org/archive/R201309200850/a
Tags: unemployment, recession, co-op members, Mendota Bioenergy, byproducts, fertilizer, biomethane gas, sustainability
Source: The California Report, 2013-09-20.