MCLEAN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
A coalition of 13 food groups today expressed its support for bipartisan legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that will protect food makers and consumers from unnecessary food price increases by reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which requires the use of billions of gallons of corn-based ethanol.
Corn is a vital part of America’s food supply, both as an animal feed and a food ingredient. The vast amount of corn being diverted by the RFS to fuel production has caused significant price spikes for corn, making meat proteins, dairy, wheat and soybeans more expensive.
Introduced by Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Jim Costa (D-Calif.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Steve Womack (R-Ark.), the “Renewable Fuel Standard Reform Act” prohibits corn-based ethanol from being used to meet the RFS, and reduces the total size of the RFS by 42 percent over the next nine years. In addition, the bill limits the RFS to using only renewable biomass and other advanced biofuels.
Under current law, the RFS requires the blending of 13 billion gallons of corn-based ethanol, a staggering volume that consumes approximately 40 percent of the nation’s corn supply.
Statements of support from association leaders:
"The American Bakers Association applauds Representatives Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Jim Costa (D-CA), Peter Welch (D-VT) and Steve Womack (R-AR) for introducing the “Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Reform Act,” said Robb MacKie, American Bakers Association (ABA) president and CEO. “Restoring the balance between food and fuel crops is long overdue.”
“Frozen food makers and their suppliers believe food should be used to fuel bodies not vehicle engines, and we thank Reps. Goodlatte, Costa, Welch and Womack for leading efforts to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard,” said American Frozen Food Institute President and CEO Kraig R. Naasz.
“Americans need responsible energy policy solutions that do not pit our nation’s energy needs against food security for millions of families. GMA applauds Reps. Goodlatte, Costa, Welch and Womack for taking an important step towards reforming the ill-conceived food-for-fuel policies that are driving up the cost of food for consumers when they can least afford it,” said Grocery Manufacturers Association President and CEO Pamela G. Bailey.
“The price of corn can significantly impact the cost of meat and cheese ingredients vital to making frozen pizzas. Reforming the RFS will protect frozen pizza makers and consumers from harmful price shocks, and ensure that food is used as food, not fuel.” –Corey Henry, Executive Director, National Frozen Pizza Institute.
“Food costs are a top business challenge for the restaurant industry, which operates on razor-thin margins,” said Scott DeFife, EVP, Policy & Government Affairs, National Restaurant Association. “The Renewable Fuel Standard Reform Act would benefit consumers, businesses and the overall economy by helping to lower these costs, and we applaud Congressmen Goodlatte, Costa, Womack and Welch for seeking needed reforms to the RFS.”
“The Snack Food Association and its members thank the sponsors of this important legislation to reform the RFS,” Snack Food Association President and CEO Jim McCarthy said. “Promoting fuel over food hurts food manufacturers and consumers alike.”
Coalition members supporting this legislation are:
American Bakers Association
American Beverage Association
American Frozen Food Institute
Associations for Dressings & Sauces
California League of Food Processors
Grocery Manufacturers Association
International Dairy Foods Association
Juice Products Association
National Association of Margarine Manufacturers
National Frozen Pizza Institute
National Grocers Association
National Restaurant Association
Snack Foods Association
- Food & Cooking
- Politics & Government
- Renewable Fuel Standard
- Bob Goodlatte
- Steve Womack
Corey Henry, 703-821-0770