Industry Associations Launch New Website Explaining Ethanol's Connection to Food Prices and Urging ActionThursday, July 14, 2011
(American Meat Institute)
The American Meat Institute (AMI), in partnership with the National Chicken Council (NCC), National Meat Association (NMA) and National Turkey Federation (NTF), today launched a new website, http://www.cornforfoodnotfuel.com/, that explains corn-based ethanol’s connection to rising food prices and urges consumers to show their support for a balanced energy policy.
Food prices are up – meat and poultry
prices specifically are up 8.5 percent from a
year ago – and many consumers are asking why.
About 40 percent of the
The new website, outlines for consumers how these rising corn prices have contributed to increased meat and poultry costs at the grocery store and asks them for their help in ending federal support of the corn-based ethanol industry, by signing a petition that states: “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.
“When consumers see the ‘Contains
Ethanol’ sticker at the gas pump, many
don’t realize the connection between the
sticker and their grocery bills,” said AMI
President and CEO J.
“The policies and rules of the game for corn-based ethanol must be re-balanced and the playing field must be leveled to permit chicken producers and other animal agriculture producers to more fairly compete for the very limited supplies of corn this year and most likely for the next few years,” noted NCC President Mike Brown. “Chicken companies and all of animal agriculture are bearing the burden and feeling the disastrous effects of competing for corn on a field that is heavily tilted toward the ethanol industry,” he said, adding that some companies have been forced to limit production and lay off workers due to the high cost of corn.
“The facts on this site show that food prices are in an escalating competition with ethanol due to its tariffs and subsidies," added NMA CEO Barry Carpenter. “These short-sighted policies have done too little to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and too much to pull feed ingredients off the market, which is radically increasing food costs without benefit.”
“Consumers will be able to use this website as an informative resource on food-to-fuel policies,” said NTF President Joel Brandenberger. “It also will help them urge their elected officials to make better decisions to balance food and energy needs. There is also a section to help families cope with rising grocery prices by making a few modifications to their food purchasing and cooking techniques.”share on facebook share on twitter