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Gualala Arts Lecture Series presents:
Alcohol: A Solution to Peak Oil

with David Blume
Monday, September 19, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Admission is $5

Alcohol Can Be a Gas! Mendonoma residents seeped in the concept of living gently on the land and anyone who drives a car will be interested in what David Blume has to say in his Monday, September 19 talk at Gualala Arts Center entitled "Alcohol: A Solution to Peak Oil." Based on his book, Alcohol Can Be a Gas! Blume will discuss how each of us from the home gardener to corporate agriculture can help break America's dependence on foreign oil.

The story begins in 1983, when Blume wrote and hosted a ten-part "how-to" television series for KQED, San Francisco's PBS affiliate. Before the programs could air, corporate interests persuaded the station to cancel the series. Since then, the situation has worsened. Americans are more oil dependent than ever and are trapped in a geopolitical nightmare that is not sustainable.

Beginning in 2003, Blume updated and expanded what he had started twenty years earlier, and the result is an information rich, readable manual replete with illustrations that covers every aspect of alcohol fuels including production and vehicle conversion. In easily graspable terms, the author will share what he has learned over a lifetime of work.

David Blume Ever since Blume helped his father organically grow on a city lot in San Francisco the food that his family ate, his life has been devoted to multiple projects that were ecologically sound, sustainable, careful in use of resources and economically viable. His passion has led him around the globe to Mexico, Nicaragua, Brazil, Antigua, and Ghana before returning to the Bay Area.

He now serves as executive director of the International Institute for Ecological Agriculture (IIEA), a non-profit organization based in Santa Cruz dedicated to healing the planet, to sharing research and education, and to implementing socially just and ecologically sound agricultural practices.

More information on Blume, his life-long journey to practice sustainable agriculture and his book can be found at his website, The "Press Room" link includes interviews and television appearances that promote IIEA's goals. The talk begins at 7:00 p.m. A $5 admission to cover costs will be collected at the door.

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