"Don’t buy what the grocers are trying to feed you." That's the message from Joe Jobe, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board, in response to the Grocery Manufacturers Association's (GMA) campaign to blame biofuels for rising food costs.
In May, Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA), Byron Dorgan (D-ND), John Thune (R-SD), Ben Nelson (D-NE), Kit Bond (R-MO), and Ken Salazar (D-CO), exposed the GMA's public relations plan to discredit biofuels. The USDA also fought back against some of these unfounded attacks.
"It turns out that a $300,000, six-month retainer of a beltway public relations firm is behind the smear campaign, hired by the Grocery Manufacturers Association," said Senator Grassley.
The senators agreed that the GMA's attempts to blame biofuels for food price increases are not based on sound science, sound economics, or common sense. In addition, they expressed strong support for continued federal programs that encourage biofuel production and use.
Also in May, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released economic analysis that shows high energy prices, increasing global demand, drought and other factors are the primary drivers of higher food costs (press conference pictured here). USDA has posted economic analysis and charts (United States Department of Agriculture - Home) that document that "even with the current uptick in food price inflation, it is much lower than it was in the 1970s and early 1980."
"The feeding frenzy on biofuels as the reason for higher food prices has got to stop. Let's not lose sight of all the benefits biodiesel has to offer. It is a green fuel, creating green jobs and beefing up our national energy security. We should continue to support biodiesel as part of our long-term energy strategy," Jobe said.
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