Washington, DC – The American Meat Institute (AMI) today said that the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of a 15 billion gallon grain ethanol mandate as part of H.R. 6 will drive up food prices and ultimately trade food for fuel. The bill passed the House this afternoon 234-181.
“We support efforts to increase U.S.
energy security, but this bill takes a myopic
approach by mandating grain-based ethanol,
increasing demand for corn even further than
the record levels we’ve seen in the last twelve
months,” AMI President J. Patrick Boyle said.
“The net effect of this bill will be to
increase the cost of meat and poultry to
According to USDA, meat, poultry and
egg spending comprise 60 percent of the average
consumer’s food dollar.
“This energy bill stands to send an
economic jolt to Americans’ grocery bills,”
Boyle said. “The rush to further increase the
mandate is sure to bring a host of negative
consequences, from adding costs to federal
feeding programs to making our livestock and
poultry exports less competitive relative to
those produced by other nations. The passage of
this bill is extremely counterproductive.”
Boyle said there are many other common
sense approaches that could be taken to enhance
energy security without using food for fuel.
An option to limit consequences on food
security and livestock producers is to develop
a clear mechanism to reduce the mandate in the
case of projected food price increases, adverse
weather conditions, harm to livestock
producers, infrastructure bottlenecks, or other
adverse consequences, he said.
He also said that a 15 billion gallon
mandate for grain based fuels is far too high.
Finally, he said that all interests impacted by
the ethanol mandate should have the opportunity
to request a waiver.
For more information, visit http://www.balancedfoodandfuel-old.org
AMI Says House Energy Bill Trades Food For Fuel; Calls Bill's Passage CounterproductiveThursday, December 6, 2007
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