Monday, May 26, 2008

Tell Big Food to Stop Blaming Ethanol

national corn growers association NCGA food before fuel foodb4fuelAs first reported by RollCall, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) has funded a major campaign against corn ethanol and U.S. farmers.

Blaming food cost increases solely on ethanol, GMA has aligned itself with other anti-farmer and ethanol-foes such as the the Earth Policy Institute and the Environmental Working Group to beat back the efforts of American farmers to produce both food AND fuel.

All the while, they are raising prices and discounting the tremendous impact rising energy costs, worldwide supply and demand and weather have played in food cost increases. Their smear campaign makes it clear that they will only blame ethanol:
"Corn-based ethanol is directly responsible for major increases in the costs of not just corn products, but virtually all major food staples." - Glover Park Group, Campaign Report to GMA, March 6, 2008 (PDF, Page 5 of 21).
Senator Chuck Grassley last week called upon Iowans who work for GMA companies to voice their opinions against the campaign launched by their employers.

Now the National Corn Growers Association is asking its members and supporters to call or e-mail these leading companies of the GMA and make their voices heard too.

Kraft Foods (847) 646-2000

General Mills (800) 248-7310

Lakeside Foods (920) 684-3356

NCGA also has a sample e-mail letter that can be sent online available HERE. More information regarding the GMA campaign is available HERE

Source: National Corn Growers Association

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