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Vilsack: No correlation between food prices and ethanol
Source : deltafarmpress.com
As food prices rise, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is not fond of claims that ethanol production is a major cause. He also says an uptick in grain prices will not have a big impact on conservation programs. "Ethanol production (doesn't have) a significant impact and effect on food prices", said Vilsack after touring an Iowa biofuel facility on Tuesday. "There's a misconception in the public that ethanol is driving up food prices. That isn't the case. In 2008, the last time we had an increase in food prices, we saw ethanol responsible for about 10% of the overall increase - a very small percentage. That's reflected in the fact that farmers get only 16 cents out of every food dollar." What's responsible for the other 84 cents? "Energy costs, oil costs", insisted Vilsack. "We ought to be looking at ways we can reduce our reliance on oil", a commodity with extreme fluctuations in price.
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26 April 2011 |
United States & Canada
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