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New Website Explains Corn-Based Ethanol’s Connection to Rising Meat and Poultry Prices, Urges Consumers to Take Action

Online Petition Seeks Support for End to Corn-based Ethanol’s Federal Support

WASHINGTON July 14, 2011

Food prices are up – meat and poultry prices specifically are up 8.5 percent from a year ago – and many consumers are asking why. According to the new website, the government’s federal subsidies for corn-based ethanol are key contributors.  About 40 percent of the U.S. corn crop is now devoted to ethanol production, because nearly all ethanol produced in this country is derived from corn.  This increase in corn demand drives its cost higher, putting tremendous pressure on the livestock and poultry industries that traditionally have been major users of corn as feed. Corn prices have roughly tripled since the government in 2006 mandated ethanol be blended into gasoline and the Consumer Price Index for meat and poultry has risen steadily with it.   

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."

The site is sponsored by the American Meat Institute (AMI), National Chicken Council (NCC), National Meat Association (NMA) and National Turkey Federation (NTF).

J. Patrick Boyle

Mike Brown

Barry Carpenter

Joel Brandenberger

SOURCE American Meat Institute

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