Jatropha curcas is a poisonous shrub that contains seeds laden with oil that can be used as a biofuel. An Australian company, which cultivates hundreds of thousands of acres of the plant in India, is striving to expand into the U.S. and produce fuel. Jatropha can provide "environmentally responsible fuel without compromising the food supply, so we can help the Earth while helping the public," said James Garton, head of the company's U.S. branch. "That means we can finally reverse the skyrocketing prices at the pump and dependence on traditional sources of oil."

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