China looks beyond grain for ethanol production

Concerns are being raised in China over the quantity of crops being diverted away from feeding the masses to biofuel production, which is in turn leading to calls for more ethanol production to be realised from non-grain sources. Ethanol demand has resulted in rising prices for such staples as corn, soy and wheat says the official Xinhua news agency.

The National Development and Reform Commission would like to see a movement away from corn especially, which accounted for 76 percent of the raw material used for ethanol produced last year, towards crops such as cassava, a drought-tolerant root vegetable also known as tapioca, sweet sorghum and agriculture residues to produce ethanol. China has set a goal of producing six million tons of clean-burning fuels such as ethanol by 2010.

[Source: Forbes via Biodiesel Investing]

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