Anti-Ethanol Bill a Step Back for Farmers, Consumers
Last week, Reps. Bill Flores (R-Texas), Peter Welch (D-Vermont), Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia) and Jim Costa (D-California) introduced a bill to cap ethanol blends to no more than 9.7 percent by volume.
Paul Jeschke, a farmer from Mazon, Illinois, and chair of the Ethanol Committee of the National Corn Growers Association, called the bill “a step backward for both farmers and consumers.”
“Americans want cleaner air, affordable choices at the gas pump, and a strong economy that fosters investment in new technology and improves our energy independence,” said Jeschke.
“Meanwhile, American corn farmers are struggling, with prices below the cost of production and the largest carryover stock in two decades. The Renewable Fuel Standard was created to promoted American renewable energy while creating a steady market for corn. This bill would undercut the RFS and negatively impact corn farmers, and with it, the entire farm economy.
Members of Congress will be heading back to their districts soon for Memorial Day recess. Jeschke urged farmers and community members to use the opportunity to talk to their elected officials about the bill.
“When you see your Senators and Representatives, remind them that the Renewable Fuel Standard works. It had has taken American renewable energy forward, and this is not the time to back down. Tell your elected officials to stand up for clean air, a strong economy, and energy independence. Urge them to oppose Rep. Flores’ anti-ethanol bill.”
Data Supports Safety, Benefits of GE Crops
Experts from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine again confirmed the safety and efficacy of genetically engineered crops for federal legislators and regulators during the event releasing the group’s new report titled Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects today.
Asserting that safety and nutritional value of GE crops, as well as their societal and economic benefits, the detailed report offers a basis to open a conversation on this technology based on objective evidence.
Competing claims and research that promote either the benefits or perceived risks of GE crops create a confusing landscape for both the public and for policy makers. This new report examines a range of questions and opinions about the economic, agronomic, health, safety, or other effects of genetically engineered crops and food. In doing so, it provides an independent, objective examination of the breadth of knowledge gained since the introduction of GE crops, based on current evidence.
To examine the report through an interactive, easily navigable website, click here.