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Biofuel translates to community empowerment

June 28, 2011

Learn about Colorado State's involvement in a project that will introduce a viable, renewable, and sustainable use for the poppy in Afghanistan and Pakistan, whose local communities are currently being exploited for their poppy production.

SOGHR founding members Phoenix Mourning-Star (above) and  Syndi Nettles-Anderson (below).Wednesday, July 13
5:30-7 p.m.
Avogadro's Number
605 S. Mason Street

From drug wars to bioenergy

A Colorado State University student-run, nonprofit organization is a partner in a project that will serve as a humanitarian/diplomatic peace-building tool in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  

In these countries where the cultivation of the poppy for the production of opiates has been driven by drug lords and has spawned violent drug wars, the Society of Global Health Researchers is partnering with other organizations to introduce a seed crusher that will convert poppy-seed oil into a viable, renewable, and sustainable energy resource for communities in this region.

Bringing stability, equity

Founding members of SOGHR, Phoenix Mourning-Star and Syndi Nettles-Anderson, are partnering with Rotary International, and MAS BioEnergy (a Colorado State multidisciplinary Ph.D. program in sustainable bioenergy) in a technology transfer project that uses a working model of a seed crusher to convert poppy-seed oil into a biofuel for use in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  

The project translates science into a humanitarian operation with long-term community and environmental goals. The endeavor brings together experts in all areas to introduce and implement poppy-seed bio fuel as a renewable energy source with the purpose of:

  • Empowering communities in developing countries;
  • Allowing them to benefit from localized access to 21st century educational tools.

The Society of Global Health Researchers aims to promote poppy as a native resource that signifies a diversifiable and lasting investment to the local communities in Afghanistan and Pakistan that are currently being exploited for their poppy production, bringing stability, employment, and localized equity to the communities.

Engineering students develop technology

Engineering students at CSU have developed a viable process and a working model of a machine to convert poppy-seed oil into a bio fuel. The project partners will be assisted by locally based NGO's in these countries in the implementation of the project.

Presentation open to the public

A presentation on this project will be presented by the Society of Global Health Researchers in Action, Wednesday, July 13 at Avogadro's Number Restaurant’s Science Cafe. Please contact Phoenix and Syndi at the SOGHR website for more information.

  • 5:30 - Arrive and order your food/drink
  • 6 p.m. - Lecture/discussion begins promptly
  • 7 p.m. - Discussion concludes

Sponsored by The Institute of Learning and Teaching's Office of Undergraduate Research and Artistry.

Contact: Shanan Gronewoller
Phone: 970-818-1192