Brasilia: The Brazilian scientist credited
with inventing biodiesel has died at the age of 70 of an
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said in a statement
yesterday that Jose de Sa Parente had "created biodiesel, a
source of pride for all Brazilians," adding that production of
the plant-based fuel had helped reduce rural poverty.
Brazil is the second largest producer of biofuels in the
world, after the United States, and has 74 plants capable of
producing six million cubic meters of biofuels a year.
In 2010 Brazil`s production hit 2.4 million cubic meters,
and the process involved some 276,000 farmers.