Bill Loftus here, the inventor guy, with an update on growing
and using kenaf * as human and animal food and as material
for low cost, affordable housing in developing countries, as
well as a solution to the devastation deforestation has caused
our world. I have entered a contest sponsored by Google to
win funding for my project – Training educators to teach a self
sufficiency curriculum that I have been working on for some 15
years. Last year I completed some major research and believe
it’s workable to house and feed the world with what I came up
with. You can vote my work into the winners circle! It's
coming up March 17. It was postponed from Jan 27th
because there were so many entries. Go to http://www.
project10tothe100.com/reminder.html and you can fill out a
reminder and Google will send you an email reminding you to
vote. Bill Loftus 727 639 2127
* Kenaf is a green, leafy annual plant in the hibiscus family, actually a weed, which grows anywhere, up to 20 ft., does not need pesticides (as bugs and
insects don't want to eat it) and is extremely rugged and drought hardy. Kenaf is grown mainly for its fiber but when it's young (below 4 feet) it's a very
good food with up to a 34% protein content.
The following 30 second video gives a glimpse of my work if you are in a rush just look at this and read the rest later when you have some
time as I have been told I write too long of an update letter. But then again I have been told that my update letters are read with earnest and
kept handy in the bathroom as that is when there is some time to read it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFEbIV32xvA
Please feel free to forward this to your friends and ask them to forward it too! Vote for my work on March 17th and when the Kenaf Project
is in many countries and the Haitian orphans I am working with are famous for building a new future for their country, you can tell everyone
that I am your personal friend for at least 2 weeks and I give you permission to say - I know that Bill and I helped him get it all get started!
Google Idea Selection
Q: How will you decide which ideas to fund? A: A selection of Google employees will review all the ideas submitted and select 100
for public consideration.
The 100 top ideas will be announced on March 17th, at which point we will invite the public to select twenty semi-finalists. An advisory
board will then choose up to five final ideas for funding and implementation.
Q: Who is on the advisory board? The advisory board will be composed of five to seven individuals
known for their expertise in the submission categories.
Q: What criteria will be used to select the winning ideas? The following five criteria will be considered
by the advisory panel in evaluating and selecting the winning ideas:
Reach: How many people would this idea affect?
Depth: How deeply are people impacted? How urgent is the need?
Attainability: Can this idea be implemented within a year or two?
Efficiency: How simple and cost-effective is your idea?
Longevity: How long will the idea's impact last?
Update on the Haiti project:
We now have 30 lbs of kenaf seed awaiting spring planting at the orphanage. Visit www.theoswork.org and see their video wonderful work
they do. If you have 10 minutes watch this video about the orphanage – the priest is a real saint in my book. If you're moved to, donate, and
ask the President Jack Reynolds that your donation goes to the kenaf/chicken project. It will buy chickens, materials for cages, etc.
Timote Georges, a Haitian agronomist (Plant PHD specialist), friend and ally, will visit the orphanage and create a growing plan for the
entire 120+ acres for the orphanage. He works for Trees for The Future. So far, all the trees they've planted have blown away or been cut
down for fire-wood, so you can imagine they need other solutions and he found out about me and we have some big ideas on how to green
Haiti with kenaf..
Timote sees kenaf as an excellent solution because it answers soil erosion and soil replenishment. Most of the top-soil in Haiti has been
washed away. And, most important, kenaf can be burned for firewood. Haitians have cut down 95% of their trees for firewood. They must
to survive, but because of this deforestation, Haiti and its people are devastated and the hurricanes just make it hopeless. Their top soil is
pretty much gone.
Timote likes the methods I've designed for growing and for fertilizing and rebuilding the soil with chicken and rabbit manure. The kenaf fed
chickens are in moveable coops in-between the rows of kenaf. It's a lazy man's way to fertilize! Oh, yes, and yet another reason why kenaf
is so cool - it's a very good chicken feed!
The eggs and chicken meat are VITAL to the orphanage. They lost their crops and as a result, had to kill off all their chickens because
chicken feed was too expensive to import. Our goal is that in a few years the orphanage can harvest about 1500 chickens a week and
supply all their eggs as well So the kids have variety, corn or other staples need planting. An over-all plan must be generated for that to
provide for the 700 kids there. Thank God for good friends like Timote, who is taking this on.
On the research end for using kenaf as an animal feed and for human consumption many things were accomplished last year and the
things still yet unknown are on track. There are several things that I want to work on – The flour I made from kenaf was somewhat bitter –
Can that be improved? I am working on the baby chicken kenaf feed. The fineness of the texture of the ground up kenaf comes from
grinding up the leaves and not from the branches. (Appreciate that I'm an inventor of a building system that uses kenaf as an aggregate in
concrete to make building materials (visit www.environmentalhouse.com) and not a full fledged farmer or animal feed specialist - yet), But
because I fed chickens the kenaf leaves because I did not have a use for it in my kenaf concrete mix and I hate to waste anything I have
been coping with learning nd understanding this new field. So far, kenaf as a chicken feed looks real good. I had a poultry expert and some
PHD friends review the protein, carbohydrate and fat content of kenaf, and it's surprisingly complete as a diet for chickens. It only lacks a
few enzymes which can easily be added. I hope to totally handle Haiti in 5 years, the entire country green and full of chickens because there
is kenaf to feed them. Having a chicken dinner on Sunday was a tradition for Haitians and I’d like to help bring that back.
I am moving to a farm that is bigger than where I was and I hope to have a side by side test on chicken raising. What I mean is raise
chickens on regular feed and then another group on a kenaf diet. I’ll be able to see with my own eyes on how good he kenaf is by simply
seeing if there is any difference in the number of eggs laid per hen with the kenaf feed etc.
Feeding Rabbits Kenaf:
Rabbits are a potential food source for ending hunger and starvation in Haiti and in every other
developing country as well. Although I love the cute little guys and don't like to look at them as a
food source- I got around six emails from people upset about the idea of rabbits being food- they
are higher in protein than beef, lower in fat and lower in cholesterol. Also I believe they fart less
than cows so this means less methane is going into the atmosphere – methane is about 27 times
worse than CO2 as a greenhouse gas. We don't think much about it when we stuff ourselves with
our Big Macs or chicken tenders or our pork chops that are nicely wrapped in plastic at the
grocery store, but these were once living, breathing, lovable guys too. And if you think about eating
a rabbit compared to a young child dying a long agonizing death from starvation (a child dies of
starvation every 2.43 seconds) I think you'd choose the child. I think you’ll appreciate that my
motivation behind why I work passionately is that what I am developing will save lives.
So, I got a real good result with feeding kenaf to rabbits. I harvested and dried kenaf this past season. I then placed some kenaf in a rabbit
cage along with store-bought rabbit food, just to see if they would eat it. Every day I put kenaf into my daughters rabbit cages and next day
found ALL the kenaf gone, so I put in more and then more. As it turned out they didn't even touch the store bought food, they just ate the
kenaf. (They like the stalks more than the leaves - which is good because I need the leaves for the baby chicks! The big chickens eat all
parts of the kenaf with a passion.)
That sophisticated laboratory test that I did (LOL) was more like the commercial "Mikey likes it," but coupled with the evaluation the
largest rabbit producer in the Southeast, Beth Seeley, who sells rabbit meat to a big grocery chain and always sells out, we both came to
the conclusion that kenaf is a pretty good rabbit food for developing countries and we got a good result.
From Beth's perspective, she'd need more data before she'd switch because her business is based on how many bunny rabbit babies get
produced per year vs. cost of feed etc. If she doesn't get 40 to 50 babies from a rabbit, she ain't feeding them right and ain't making any
money. So for her, feed is kind of high tech science stuff. But for what I am trying to do in a developing country-- to create some sustenance
and something to bring to the local market and later a commercial export-- she approves. Appreciate the fact that she buys a rabbit for
$5.00 and if a bunny makes 40 additional rabbits a year it could be quite an income source for a developing country rural family.
More about chicken and rabbit coops, farm equipment, etc:
Again, for feeding and fertilization, I have a moveable rabbit coop, followed by a moveable chicken coop, in-between the rows of kenaf. I
have heard that as the rabbit manure breaks down these bugs appear and the chickens love them bugs! So I've got a real eco-system
going where kenaf is the key ingredient. One guy said I'll win the Nobel prize for this and I said I'll take the $75 grand and I'll give ( a
deserving person) the medal.
It's tough being an inventor without some deep pockets behind ya, and if anyone wants to see our biz plan it is almost finished. If anyone
thinks that being an inventor has some glamour to it I would really like to talk to you as it’s really more a thing I have to do because it’s not
just a calling but I really find it difficult to ignore the suffering of my fellow man – especially when I am gifted (or cursed) with the vision of a
better world. But when I win this Google contest, watch what I can do to improve conditions with 2 million bucks behind me!
It makes sense to get people working and eating and what I came up with is very simple. I am currently working on a concrete (made of
kenaf) for manufacturing the rabbit and chicken coop. My patents cover this concrete mix as one of the claims, by the way. I have patents
filed in 19 countries.
Basically, I am trying to make as much materials as I can from kenaf so that a rural guy can make a coop without too many imported goods
or hardware or money. It looks like an arch - a tunnel is a good concept. On one end is a screen and on the other is what I call a Florida
Room -a screened porch so the rabbits and chickens can graze. The arch is where they can keep out of the weather and get a drink of
water. What's cool about this design is that I place water pipes into the concrete and this way the water that animals drink is designed into
the structure and kept cool. So now you don't have to buy a container and also there is nothing to break and should last forever. You should
get about a week between water refills. (I am lazy!) Additionally, I'm playing around with a solar-powered fan and a brooding house for the
baby chicks. A thermostatically controlled fan and light bulb would go on to regulate the temperature.
I'm also still working on the farm equipment. I dismantled the Tiller machine I made because it sorta looked like something that was made
out of parts from a junkyard. (Well it was!) I know it works so now I am prettifying it and making it so it can be assembled elsewhere. (I
welded everything together on the prototype and could have used nuts and bolts - in parts I can ship it easier. The Tiller is an inexpensive
device that cuts through a 2" wide chunk of pasture and digs 6" deep. What's unique is I only till where I plant the kenaf. So in between the
rows I still have pasture for the chickens and rabbits to eat. The kenaf is so fast growing the other weeds and grass don't compete and the
kenaf grows and the weeds die.
The tiller is made from a rear end (The part of a car that drives the rear wheels. Instead of wheels I put on something like a lawnmower
blade and this digs the soil) )and Tills two rows simultaneously 52" apart. Now I am cleaning it up so it looks like a real piece of equipment.
Next is the automatic seeder that makes a furrow and places the kenaf seeds into the furrow and covers them up too. It is towed behind the
tiller so when you till you also plant the seeds in one step. This machine is not rocket science so Ihope to have that done real soon as its
coming up on planting season here in Florida
The basic idea is that developing countries have a wet and dry season and if we go wild and plant kenaf 24/7 before the wet season the
kenaf yield should be pretty good without needing to irrigate. So my view is that my farm equipment will be used like mad about a month
before the wet season.
After the planting is done you still use my equipment -take off the blades and install this grinder thing my machinist and I made. It grinds
kenaf so the water comes out of the kenaf and makes it easier to dry. You need to dry the kenaf in order to store it for the off season when
kenaf is not being grown. This is the most difficult step because we’ll be drying it in the wet season. Not to worry I have a handle on that and
that’s whyI make the big money. LOL
TRY growing some kenaf yourself
You can also boil kenaf and it's like a spinach and tastes kind of lemony. I know after you eat some you’ll say it’s different but that’s
because we never had it before. It’s real good in salads. I think people that are into cooking will use it as a flavoring for their spaghetti
sauce or something too. Visit our non profit www.stop-global-warming.org and get a membership and get some kenaf seeds free. ($10)
You can help me with my work that will help boost the Haiti project by donating more. For those in the financial position I can grow some
kenaf for you and give you an in house carbon credit certificate that shows you are carbon neutral.
When I mix kenaf in concrete I have permanently removed CO2. Each developing country house will remove 5 tons of CO2 from the
atmosphere. Hell, if we build enough houses we might put a dent in global warming. Don't forget CO2 -carbon dioxide- is plant food - so
my idea is grow kenaf because it takes in 3 to 8 times as much CO2 as a tree. So while we are awaiting the no fossil fuel technology to
take root on this planet it makes sense to plant a lot of kenaf. Visit the site as there is just too much science done by GREAT scientists and
data to put in this short update.
Again, the Google contest is coming up soon so I want you all to vote for my ideas. It would be quite cool to
win as I think kenaf will be to the developing country what corn is to the US. I think rabbit meat will be what
beef is to the US. I really believe we can end poverty and get people working and the kids will be well fed
with this idea. What say you?
Bill Loftus 727 639 2127 Loftus@environmentalhouse.com.
This is what I entered to Google:
#10. What one sentence best describes your idea?
We have developed a curriculum to grow kenaf, which would supply food, agricultural based products, jobs
and teach how to build sustainable communities globally.
#11. Describe your idea in more depth?
The idea is that we eliminate poverty by training educators on kenaf technologies at our training village. This staff returns to
their countries and teaches self-sufficiency by growing kenaf. By growing kenaf one creates a panorama of opportunities:
1.Kenaf with its high protein content (up to 34%) is an excellent first choice for introduction to countries facing starvation. Kenaf can be
used for firewood - efficient for countries that deforest because the "poor" need firewood.
2. This high yielding crop can be eaten raw or cooked. Feed rabbits and chickens with kenaf to create a self-sustaining eco-community.
3. Other benefits involve our global warming problem. Kenaf sequesters two tons of CO2 for every dry ton of kenaf. When mixed with
concrete the CO2 becomes fixed into the concrete permanently. An average of about ten tons of CO2 gets removed from the atmosphere
4. Kenaf has many other uses: paper, fibers for clothing, reinforcing plastics and ethanol.
The process: When kenaf is grown and harvested correctly you get several yields - the first cutting is for animal feed or human
consumption. As it grows up to 20 feet tall the leaves are continuously harvested to feed chickens and rabbits. Then when it is full grown the
farmer gets to sell the kenaf on the global market.
Our goal is to establish a non-profit training center in Florida to train the overseas representatives. Here we train teachers on every aspect
of growing and harvesting kenaf and its related products. Upon completion of the training, those teachers will bring to underprivileged
communities the knowledge that conditions can be improved through community effort. Each community will learn how to breed rabbits and
chickens that are kenaf-fed and create a closed-loop system for sure success.
#12. What problem or issue does your idea address?
By analyzing poverty and the related substandard conditions in the world, the common denominator is, there is no curriculum that exists to
get people trained to produce self-sufficiency. My idea addresses ending poverty by removing the feeling of hopelessness and replacing it
with hope and direction - achieved by training - where the "poor" are productive and self-sufficient. Poverty is really just an idea that an
individual held in place because he is unemployed.
Rural families loose their youth to the lure of a better life in the industrialized cities only to find squalor and no jobs. What would happen if
the rural framers were making a cash crop as well as growing food and producing building supplies that can change the way impoverished
communities are living now? This will help to stabilize entire countries and alleviate stress on governments through positive, productive
programs that this project offers.
#13. If your idea were to become a reality who would benefit the most and how?
The family would benefit - the children and adults would be well fed by growing kenaf because you incorporate eggs, chickens and rabbit
meat for solving the local hunger problem. With using the methods of this system of growing that has taken years to develop, a byproduct of
fertilized soil is produced; hence other crops can be used after the kenaf is harvested.
All community members benefit with the jobs that are created which will help support the family infrastructure thus creating a harmonious
environment for the children who have been left in the dust with the current poverty trend.
Again, the kenaf concrete has been developed to make affordable houses that a family can build by hand, as no power tools are
necessary. Only the teaching of this simple and easy building system is part of this submission but each house built will SLOW DOWN
#14.What are the initial steps required to get this idea off the ground?
Through working with a non-profit that I founded, Stop Global Warming, Inc., we are currently seeking land to set up a training village. This
step, coupled with the finances for a management team would introduce the kenaf benefits curriculum to Ministers of Agriculture, Education
and Housing in developing countries for worldwide exposure.
A carefully chosen team of agronomists, engineers and architects as well as environmental farmers who have been working directly with
myself for years would join forces and create The Village which would showcase several environmental building technologies as well as
kenaf agricultural products. For example our own sewerage treatment plant that produces methane gas and fertilizer by Dr. Jose Sifontes,
Gainesville, Florida is an integral part of the environmental infrastructure.
Other innovative technologies will also be showcased. During the initial year, we will be outreaching to diplomats worldwide and will be fully
operational before our second year.
#15. Describe the optimal outcome should your idea be selected and successfully implemented. How would you measure it?
I would like to see the agricultural technologies be free and available to anyone published on the Internet. I would estimate that we could
measure the success of this venture by many statistics: Number of: downloads of educational materials, graduates, tons of CO2 removed,
acres of kenaf grown, chickens and rabbits produced, and the quantity income generated by kenaf products.
The first training village in Florida would be the beginning point and would be best directed by myself under the non-profit organization Stop
Global Warming, Inc. or another non-profit in alignment with my goals - Phoenix Voyage has expressed strong interest in managing the
activity and has fiscal strength. The curriculum would be exported either in part or full and made available to any non-profit willing to teach
the curriculum according to a free license agreement. Other training centers in other countries would then be established.
#17. You may submit one U tube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFEbIV32xvA
#18. If you'd like to recommend a specific organization, or the ideal organization to execute your plan please do here.
I think the first organization to be appointed should be Stop Global Warming or Phoenix Voyage. Phoenix
Voyage is stronger than we are and may be the best choice. However, I think any non-profit that Google
decides would be fine with myself.
Bill Loftus 727 639 2127 Loftus@environmentalhouse.com.
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