Sunday, August 13, 2006

The many uses of canola oil

In pursuing research on tariff codes for biofuels, I stumbled across a Canadian website with a helpful FAQ about canola oil and all of its many properties. Among the possible uses of canola oil mentioned, its use as pesticide struck me the most.

From the page:
Q: Can canola kill insects such as aphids?
A: Yes. Pour any cooking oil - canola, olive, corn, sunflower or peanut - over an insect and you'll suffocate it. Vegetable oils in general are recommended by many horticulturists as a non-chemical, more environmentally friendly insect control method.

Next time I have an ant crawling across my floor, I'm whipping out the cooking oil and smothering it, carpet be damned.

By the webpage's rationale, pillows held long enough over aphids' faces would do the job as well.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fire is far more interesting. Soaps and lotions would often work the same as is described there, and so would nondairy nacho cheese-flavored orange liquid for that matter.

5:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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9:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Again, no connection to Canola oil, but this is a freaky confluence of immigration and Communism: a review of a book about the Chinese generals of the Cuban revolution.

9:12 PM  

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