Last December, working under a DARPA contract, the EERC successfully tested military grade jet fuel, called JP-8, made from 100% pure vegetable oil. The DARPA program manager in charge of the project, Douglas Kirkpatrick, tells me the stuff is chemically identical to the petroleum variety and can be used unmodified in jet engines. Next step is to optimize the conversion process for large-scale production, and we'll be off and running toward independence from petroleum. And, no, the veggie oil doesn't have to come from corn, soy, or other food crops. It can just as easily come from switchgrass or even algae.