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Why Yellowhorn Trees?
- The Yellowhorn tree ("Xanthoceras Sorborifolia Bge") is a local species that is well adaptable to desert climate. Ideally suited for anti-desertification programs in Northern China and does not compete directly for traditional farmland.
- The root of Yellowhorn tree grows very deep and grabs the surrounding soil thereby preventing soil erosion.
- The fruits from the Yellowhorn plant produce a highly refined edible oil and command high economic value. Can also be used as a premium feedstock for biofuel production.
- Under the policy of Conversion of Farmland, Reforestation & Anti-esertification programs, significant Chinese government grants and subsidies are available for cultivation of crops for anti- desertification and bio-diversity purposes.
Yellowhorn Trees Project
- Yellowhorn cooking oil has less cholesterol than olive oil resulting in a superior product that fetches a premium price.
- Easy to extract without the use of sophisticated equipment;
- Market price jumped to RMB$200/kg from RMB$40/kg when this project was announced Nov 2007;
- When former U.S. President Nixon and his wife visited China in 1972, the Chinese government utilized Yellowhorn oil for the official state banquet and was very well commended by the Nixons.
- Prevention and treatment in hyperlipidemia, hypertension and other cardio-cerebral-vascular diseases;
- Therapy of primary bed-wetting, etc.
Overview of Bio-Diesel Usage in China
- Total production nationwide was only 0.05 M to 0.1 M tonnes;
- Bio-diesel demand will exceed domestic production by 2010;
- Annual demand for bio-diesel is expected to reach 1 M tonnes in 2010, which is 20 percent more than the country's expected domestic supply of biofuel.
- China is committed to a 25 percent usage of biofuel for transportation by 2020;
- Yellowhorn trees grow in semi-desertification area that no other food crop can grow, so it is not competed for cultivated land.