Its worth taking a few minutes to look at the blogosphere’s view of Jatropha: Here are three.
It is very bad, according to By Sujeet Kumar writing in India eNews and may be harmful to kids, animals, plants and soils. Kumar quotes Pankaj Oudhia, a Raipur-based agricultural scientist, who makes the claims on the basis of an unattributed scientific study from 1987. He calls for more research on the plant before we go hell-for-leather into cultivation.
Certainly goats on Hati know to keep away from it, but it might be a good replacement for soya oil on the island of Hispaniola. The phyisic nut does make people physically sick, and goats being smart have probably noticed the connection for themselves. Domestic fuel thinks that it could fuel the developing world.
It could also give Mexico an in on the business. Tree Hugger suggests that Jatropha could be grown on abandoned sisal plantations in the Yucatan Peninsula.
I guess the jury’s out.