Dole Fresh Vegetables Co. has converted all of its harvesting equipment in Salinas, Calif.., and in Yuma, Ariz., over to B20 bio-diesel fuel, a blend of 80 percent petroleum and 20-percent plant-derived fuel.

Dole had been testing the lend since August in farm equipment and off-road vehicles. The Environmental Protection Agency has shown that B 20 has 20 percent fewer unburned hydrocarbons than conventional diesel, as well as less carbon monoxide and particulate matter

"Being good stewards of the environment is very important to Dole and this includes reducing emissions and using alternative sources of energy," says Kevin Fiori, Dole's senior vice president of agriculture operations.

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