Chinese cities face a stark choice: more green energy or more food

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China’s plans to accelerate its global expansion of solar and wind power hit a major snag as floods, droughts and food supply issues present authorities with a reality check on how much valuable farmland the nation can afford to lose.

Solar and wind farms have been supercharged in the past two years since Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a 2060 goal for the nation to be carbon neutral, creating an incentive for local governments to allow more power projects renewable on a large scale.

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