Federal energy policies need to move beyond corn-based ethanol and look for the next generation of alternative fuels that don't pit food, feed and fuel needs against each other.
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Stop the Policy of Burning Corn in Your Gas Tank!
While many factors that contribute to rising food prices are mostly out of our control, like the weather, there is one underlying domestic factor that we can control: burning our food and animal feed in our gas tanks.
Since 2005, the federal government has set production targets for biofuels, including corn-based ethanol, and required gasoline producers to blend a mandatory amount of biofuel into their products under a mandate known as the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). Blenders rely almost entirely on ethanol derived from corn to meet the RFS.
Ethanol production has consumed more than 40 percent of U.S. corn in recent years, and it is set to keep rising. This huge rise in corn demand from ethanol producers has led corn prices to nearly triple since the mandate was enacted.
Corn is a key part of the diets of animals produced for food — like chickens, turkeys, cattle and pigs. When corn prices rise, farmers and ranchers produce fewer animals because they can’t afford the feed. The result is a smaller meat and poultry supply, which drives higher prices at the grocery store.
Compounding the issue is the fact that in recent years our nation’s corn stocks have been dwindling. Even when supplies are tight, ethanol eats corn first because of the RFS mandate. USDA is relying on farmers to plant more corn to keep prices stable, but corn production hinges on many variables that can increase costs, including volatile weather. One major drought or heavy period of rain can significantly reduce corn yields and cause corn prices to soar even higher. Since policy cannot rely on Mother Nature, Congress can and should address the RFS.
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PETITION: I support "Corn For Food, Not Fuel." Federal energy policies need to move beyond corn-based ethanol and look for the next generation of alternative fuels that don’t pit food, feed and fuel needs against each other.