California pilot plant to make ethanol from ‘energy beets’

According to a March 23, 2013 story in the Associated Press, the latest experiment for producing ethanol that is mixed with gasoline thanks to a federal mandate involves something called “energy beets.” These are beets that are genetically modified for optimal conversion to ethanol.

A dozen farmers in California, supported by a group of academics and a $5 million state grant, propose to build an energy beet conversion plant. Currently most ethanol in the United States is made from corn, but using energy beets instead would have certain advantages.