The Food Before Fuel Campaign was announced this week with the goal of urging Congress to revisit the nation’s renewable fuels policy. The campaign’s principles are to encourage policymakers to “revisit and restructure policies that have increased our reliance on food as an energy source, and to carefully address how to develop alternative fuels that do not pit our energy needs against affordable food and environmental sustainability.”
A major leader in this effort is the Grocery Manufacturers Association, which says, “It is past time to acknowledge the reality of this problem and begin a serious, bipartisan effort to fix it. Our current policy is driving higher food prices around the globe and here at home, and while it’s not the only factor at play, it is one we can do something about.”
The membership includes American Bakers Association, American Beverage Association, American Frozen Food Institute, American Meat Institute, Earth Policy Institute, Environmental Working Group, Grocery Manufacturers Association, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Chicken Council, National Retail Federation, and Snack Food Association.