‘Gutter Oil’ Expected to Fuel Shanghai Buses

One of China’s ongoing food safety scandals involves the illegal recycling, repackaging, and reuse of cooking oil — which after crude processing is known as “gutter oil” (地沟油). In the midst of an ongoing food...

Waiting for the Smoke to Clear РGaoming Jiang (蒋高明)

China’s fields are burning as farmers clear the crop stubble after the harvest. Local communities are choking, says Gaoming Jiang, as the country wastes a valuable resource for power generation, fertiliser and food. From China Dialogue: In northern China it is now the middle of the autumn planting season, and once again the farmers are […]

Biofuel Expert Allays Food-Shortage Worries – China Daily

State media responds to yesterday’s report from Charlotte de Fraiture of the International Water Management Institute that argued China’s plans to promote maize-based biofuel could wreak havoc on the country’s dwindling water supplies. From the China Daily: In their effort to develop biofuel without harming the general food supply, the authorities have said they would […]

Biofuel Plans to Hit Water Supplies in China, India – Mel Gunasekera

A new study adds to already heavy skepticism over China’s plans to put biofuels at the center of its ambitious alternative energy strategy. From AFP: China and India, expected to account for nearly 70 percent of global oil demand between now and 2030, are using cheaper biofuels derived from crops to help power their economies, […]

Biotech Will Help China Reclaim Land, Grow Food – Andy Mukherjee

China is investing heavily in biotechnology, hoping to feed its growing population in the coming decades. From Bloomberg: Diversion of food crops to biofuels has finally caught the attention of policy makers in China. Even as the country seeks to use 10 million tons of bio- ethanol and 2 million tons of bio-diesel annually by […]



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