Over 20 groups comprising processors, retail, environmental, hunger and food
industry groups have launched a "Food Before Fuel" campaign urging Congress to
revisit the nation's food-to-fuel policies.
Campaign members are encouraging policymakers to
"revisit and restructure policies that have increased our reliance on food as an
energy source". Converting more than one-third of US corn to ethanol, with
additional subsidies and tariffs further promoting the diversion of food to
fuel, is currently mandated by Congressional policies. Reports state that these
policies have contributed to record food price inflation. It is further reported
that the International Monetary Fund says that the US food-to-fuel policy is
responsible for more than 30% of food price inflation
globally.Severe impact on the industry
"The price of
corn that our companies use to feed chickens has skyrocketed, costing billions
of dollars," said National Chicken Council President George Watts. "The impact
on [the] industry has been severe."
Other organisations involved with
the campaign echoed Watts' concerns. "It is past time to acknowledge the reality
of this problem and begin a serious, bipartisan effort to fix it," said CEO of
the Grocery Manufacturers Association, Cal Dooley.
Other groups and
companies involved in the Food Before Fuel campaign include the American Meat
Institute, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, National Turkey Federation,
Pilgrim's Pride Corp. and Popeye's Chicken &
fuel campain website National Chicken
Council American Meat Institute National Cattlemen's Beef
Association National Turkey Federation Pilgrim's
Pride Popeye's Chicken &
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