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Ethanol Driving Up Cost of Food?

The Wall Street Journal and several other media outlets have reported government mandates to increase the use of corn-based ethanol in gasoline are driving up food costs. Not only is ethanol production artificially driving up the price of corn, which is used to make a multitude of other grocery items including pet foods, the newly profitable corn crops are diverting acreage and resources away from other staple food crops.

But the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council maintains oil is driving up the costs of both food and fuel, making it more expensive to ship and produce the everyday items we rely on. It insists ethanol, by providing an alternative to oil-based fuel and energy, is part of the solution, not part of the problem.

What do you think?

---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

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