He responds to a recent article that, as he puts it "recycles the 'food versus fuel' mythology.
Daschle's arguments include some key points central to his support of corn-based ethanol as a renewable fuel for America's energy and economic security:
- U.S. corn is used to feed mostly animals, not people
- Converting the starch from a portion of the U.S. corn crop into biofuels is an efficient way to reduce the United States' dangerous dependence on imported oil
- The recent firming of grain prices in the United States will help, not hurt, farmers in food-deficit nations
- Most important, current production facilities for grain-based biofuels are a critical platform for launching the next generation of advanced cellulosic and waste-derived biofuel technologies.
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