China Moves to Ban Food Crops in Ethanol Production
China is slowly moving to stop production of ethanol from food source crops. The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has said that no new projects using food crops to create ethanol would be approved from now on. In China, all new companies and operations need to receive approval from the government, so changes like this can take place very quickly.
Any new businesses would have to use non-food materials such as cassva, sweet potato, sorgo and cellulose, and current enterprises using corn would be asked to switch over to one of these sources gradually too. There are four enterprises currently creating corn ethanol, which produce over a million tons per year in total. The NDRC official making the statements refused to be named, but Xu Dingming, vice director of the Office of the National Energy Leading Group, said, "Food-based ethanol fuel will not be the direction for China." :: Xinhua
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