Commercial Cattail Farming
“Natures Super Wal-Mart”
Fuel , Animal Feed, Fish Food & Fiber...
consuming sewage solids & CO2 greenhouse gases...
Broadleaf Cattail (Typha
been aptly described as “Natures Super Wal-Mart” in that it
produces an extensive number of consumable commodities.
exists that this plant was in common use in Europe as long as 30,000
years ago. Anthropologic evidence of use extends to every
culture on every continent.
(roots) were used as dried and ground starch based flour, or
were boiled, baked and / or steamed much like potatoes. The
rhizome starch was milled and used to produce a fermented
whiskey that was common in Roman times.
pod uses ranged from the eating of boiled pods to the use of
seed pod fluff for feminine hygiene products, infant hygiene
products, wound dressings, fire kindling, portable torches,
pillow & mattress stuffing and flotation devices.
seeds and pollen are known to have been collected and used as
flour by the natives of South, Central & North America.
leaves were used for roof thatching, woven wall
mats, basket weaving, boat building,
furniture making, military
fighting shields, rope and cord
making, fabric weaving, etc.
The leaf base contains a natural antibiotic that was
commonly used as a home remedy and is now being employed in the
treatment of modern antibiotic resistant bacteria.
Once again… the mighty cattail is brought
to the service of humanity by means of systematic
integration into modern sustainable development in both the
energy and agricultural arenas.
Modern Applications of Typha Latifolia
are grown and harvested as starch for enzymatic
conversion to fermentable sugars and thence ethanol fuel
production. They yield up to 10 times the ethanol yield per
acre of corn and do not use land suitable for food
production to create fuel.
The residual mash left over from ethanol
production can be manufactured into pelletized livestock
feed and / or can be used in Vermiculture operations to
produce high quality plant food and high protein animal
Leaves & Stems
The leaves and stems are suitable for conversion
to animal feeds and / or when mixed with animal manures,
including human sewage solids, can be digested into biogas
suitable for turbine electric power generation.
The leaves & stems can also be land applied
to deficient agri-soils thereby replenishing both the
organics and minerals content creating healthy soils and
increased food crop production.
The leaves and stems are now being used to
produce building construction materials similar to
Oriented Strand Board (OSB), which eliminates the
consumption of trees to this use and maintains the natural
The leaves and stems can also be used in
Vermiculture operations to produce high quality plant food
and high protein animal feed supplements.
developing nations, leaves and stems can be processed as
charcoal briquettes for cooking and heating.
Bio-Remediation of Sewage Solids
The process of growing cattails for integrated
sustainable development also carries with it an
exceptional ability to consume sewage solids from human
habitation and / or manure from industrial meat farming
The use of sewage and / or manure solids as
a nutrient base for cattail propagation eliminates those
solids and the negative environmental impacts they pose to
our drinking water supply.
Sewage laden water can be processed by the
cattails into clean fresh water suitable for irrigation or
direct transfer back to lakes and streams without
Commercial Cattail propagation consumes large
volumes of the greenhouse gas CO2, thereby offsetting the
production of this air pollutant caused by fossil fuel
combustion and other sources.
Carbon tax credits add to the viability of
commercialization of the process.
Commercial Mining Land Reclamation
The Americas are littered with the result of
mineral mining operations that have left tens of thousands
of acres useless to either human habitation or
agriculture. Many open pit mines and gravel pits sit
abandoned and full of water after depletion of the
minerals they once contained.
These depleted assets can be recovered and
re-utilized for agricultural application by technically
advanced systems of commercial farming of cattails.
As earlier mentioned,
Vermiculture may play an
important role in the successful integration of cattail
farming and food production. The potential is for an
integrated fish farming use of retired mines wherein the
Vermiculture produces high protein fish food and the
cattails are fed by the fish waste thereby creating
starches for use in production of ethanol fuels.
Ethanol is already commonly used in motor fuel
in the Americas. Most gasoline’s contain 10% of ethanol
and E85 fuel contains 85% ethanol. Many of today’s motor
vehicles come E85 equipped from the factory and can
utilize alcohol fuels.
Ethanol fuels are far less polluting than
petroleum based fuels both in combustion and in the
manufacturing, refining and transportation to market
In Brazil, ethanol fuel is far more available
than petroleum, simply because they produce ethanol from
the waste of their sugar industry.
Ethanol fuels will replace the high cost
imported petroleum and result in both financial windfall
and energy independence in the Americas.
Locally grown ethanol fuel will provide a clean,
safe, abundant source of motor fuel, home heating fuel and
fuel for generation of electricity well into the future.
from Nature’s Super Wal-Mart… the Cattail…
Increased Quality Of Life Through Sustainable Development "