China biofuel plans ‘pose no risk’

Chinese biofuel experts have publicly disputed a report claiming the country's plan to produce more biofuels could lead to food and water shortages, China Daily said.

"The report misunderstands China’s policy and situation in the area of biofuel production from corn," China Daily quoted Li Shizhong, deputy director of the Institute of New Energy Technological Research at Tsinghua University, as saying.

"China has long emphasized the use of non-staple food in making biofuel."

In the next five years, the report said, China will shift its biofuel strategy from using corn to sorghum, cassava and sweet potato for fuel production — high-yield plants that "are not used as a staple food."

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See earlier report: China biofuel plans ‘will hit water supplies’