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It’s Official: Biodiesel is a Word!!

Its official: Biodiesel is a word. Biodiesel, along with ringtone, soul patch, and supersize have made it into Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition. Soon you won’t have to deal with the red spell-check underline that annoyingly appear when you type biodiesel. And, the word can now earn you some hefty points if you manage to work it into your scrabble game.
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri– Defining a new level of success, the word “biodiesel” appears in the 2006 update of the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition . This marks the first time that it has appeared in the dictionary, and signifies that biodiesel is becoming a household word. What’s more, word has it that Merriam-Webster put biodiesel on the short list of examples of new words added to the dictionary. That means “biodiesel” joins the ranks of “ringtone,” “soul patch” and “supersize” in drumming up interest in modern lexicography. The new dictionary defines biodiesel as: “a fuel that is similar to diesel fuel and is derived from usually vegetable sources (as soybean oil).” “Appearing as a word in the dictionary gives biodiesel the credibility that it deserves,” said Joe Jobe, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board. “It shows we are making an impact on getting biodiesel into the mainstream, and that is very gratifying.” Biodiesel significantly cuts harmful environmental emissions, promotes greater energy independence and boosts our economy. It has become America’s fastest growing alternative fuel according to the Department of Energy. Production tripled in 2005, reaching 75 million gallons. The industry is on track to double production this year, to 150 million gallons. More information on biodiesel can be found at To see other new words, visit Merriam-Webster. Sponsored by the USDA Biodiesel Education Program.

The 5 Rules of Lean Thinking

Are you ready to co-create the future? These 5 Rules of Lean Thinking are a useful tool as we set out to collectively invent a post-market future.Surviving the Future is a story drawn from the fertile ground of the late David Fleming’s extraordinary Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It. That […] Read More

Imagination, Purpose & Flexibility: Creating an Independent Farmstead – Q&A (part 1)

Twenty years ago, the land that authors Shawn and Beth Dougherty purchased and have come to name the Sow’s Ear was deemed “not suitable for agriculture” by the state of Ohio. Today, their family raises and grows 90% of their own food.Such self-sufficiency is largely the result of basing their farming practices around intensive pasture […] Read More

Using Permaculture Principles to Design Resilient Cities

The Permaculture City begins in the garden but takes what we have learned there and applies it to a much broader range of human experience; we’re not just gardening plants but people, neighborhoods, and even cultures.Author Toby Hemenway (Gaia’s Garden) lays out how permaculture design can help towndwellers solve the challenges of meeting our needs […] Read More

Overshoot, Collapse, and Creating a Better Future

In 2016, Earth Overshoot Day happened on August 8—the day when we’ve exhausted the planet’s resources for the year, and are essentially borrowing from future years to maintain our existence today.Perhaps you celebrated this day with a counter-solution: a vegetarian meal, telecommuted, or turned off the air conditioning. There’s a lot more you could be […] Read More

Save Energy & Money This Winter: Seal Up Your Drafty House

Unless you’ve taken special preventative precautions, it’s likely that on cold days much of your house’s heat pours out through your (closed) windows. Most houses—especially old houses—have drafty, uninsulated windows that do little to prevent heat from dumping out into the cold night. Even if your windows aren’t drafty, the expensive heat your furnace has […] Read More
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