Maybe I should post this on xingakron instead of xingcolumbus, but I found this article fascinating. Who would have thought that beets could be turned into something useful? Just kidding, they’re used to make sweetener too.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Plain Dealer Reporter
…Akron plans to mix a bit of beet juice into its road de-icer this year. Why? The beet apparently is a wonder root, when combined with rock salt brine and calcium chloride, that can keep ice from forming on the streets even at extremely low temperatures.
The concoction sticks to the road better than traditional treatments and lessens salt’s corrosive effect on cars, according to the city.
Akron tested the solution last year and liked the results. The city ordered 4,000 gallons of liquefied beet juice this week and plans to start applying it to the roads once temperatures fall below 17 degrees.