Eco-Friendly Living is No Joke

MOTHER has shown "the establishment" that eco-friendly living is no joke years after being chided about the magazine's focus on the environment.

| January/February 1978

  • MOTHER proves eco-friendly living is no joke and that methane gas can power a homestead.
    MOTHER proves eco-friendly living is no joke and that methane gas can power a homestead.
    Photo By Fotolia/Željko Radojko

  • MOTHER proves eco-friendly living is no joke and that methane gas can power a homestead.

MOTHER makes a case against "the establishment", proving that eco-friendly living is no joke.

Eco-Friendly Living Works

They (the "establishment" press and the energy industry) laughed back in late 1969 when the original advertisements for this magazine (before MOTHER NO. 1 had even been published) promised that the periodical would cover solar, wind, water, and other forms of "alternative" energy.

They laughed again and again and again over the next couple of years when MOTHER devoted a steadily increasing amount of space to those same subjects. And they all reserved their biggest heehaws for our methane experiments. "What?" they'd gasp. "You're going to take cow manure and turn it into natural gas? And then you're actually going to try to burn that homemade fuel and use it?" And then they'd all collapse into fits of the wheezing giggles.

But we continued working with people like L. John Fry (who'd once run all the machinery, lights, etc., on a very large South African pig farm almost entirely on methane he'd made from the farm's hog manure) . . . and Ram Bux Singh (who's only been responsible for thousands of methane production units in India over the past 25 or 30 years).

And they didn't laugh quite so much when — just a few days before the Arab oil embargo was slapped on in late 1973 — we held a press conference in Indiana . . . and showed the world that a homestead-sized methane maker could, indeed, take cow manure and turn it into a fuel which would run gas stoves, refrigerators, space heaters, and lights . . . even an automobile engine!

And now. Well, now, they ain't laughing at all. Maybe because they're all too busy just tryin' to catch up to where MOTHER was a good five to six years ago!

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