RFS: A mandate to raise food prices

Thursday, November 29, 2012
By Paul Martin

Westernfarmpress.com
Nov. 28, 2012

Americans should understand that this year’s drought—the worst in 50 years—isn’t the primary reason for record-high food prices. The drought made things worse, but the leading driver of long-term increases in food costs is a deeply flawed federal mandate.

In 2005, Congress enacted the Renewable Fuel Standard to mandate the use of corn-based ethanol in gasoline. The cost of food commodities immediately began to rise. As a result, Americans have had to deal with some of the highest food prices on ­record. While the drought will end at some point, the price increases caused by the ethanol mandate will continue unless the government reverses course.

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