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Affordable Fuel for America Act Introduced in Congress

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

(American Meat Institute)

Legislation that would gradually phase out government support for corn-based ethanol over five years and encourage the commercial development of second generation biofuels has been introduced in the House of Representatives. 

 The bipartisan bill, H.R. 3187, “The Affordable Food and Fuels for America Act,” was introduced by Rep. Joseph Crowley D-N.Y. and Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif.

 AMI, joined by members of the Balanced Food and Fuel Coalition (BF&F), applauded the introduction of the legislation, stating:

 “We commend the leadership of Reps. Crowley, D-N.Y., and Bono Mack, R-Calif., for introducing legislation that is absolutely critical to both producers and consumers of food by controlling volatile commodity markets and ensuring all users of feed grains compete on a level playing field,” said the nationally-released statement.  ”If passed, the bill would permit badly needed adjustments in the corn-based ethanol mandates required by law.  It represents an important step in weaning ethanol from its reliance on government protections to be commercially viable and compete with other commodities that rely on corn as their major input.”

The BF&F coalition is an alliance of animal agricultural groups concerned about the impact that the corn-based ethanol policy may have on the competitiveness of animal agriculture, exports, the food industry and ultimately the consumer.   The coalition supports both legislative and regulatory action that will help relieve the volatility and escalation of feed costs, which have significantly affected the cost of poultry and livestock production and ultimately negatively impacted rural jobs and the cost of raising protein for consumption. For more information, go to: http://www.balancedfoodandfuel.org/, and for a copy of the statement released by the coalition, go to:   http://www.balancedfoodandfuel.org/ht/a/GetDocumentAction/i/51623

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