MCLEAN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) today urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to enact proposed reductions in the amount of corn-based ethanol and cellulosic bio-fuels that must be blended into the nation’s fuel supply under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in 2014.
“We believe food-based commodities should be used to fuel bodies, not vehicle engines, particularly given the tremendous impact this can have on the costs and prices food makers and grocery shoppers must bear,” AFFI Vice President of Government Affairs Kristin Wilcox testified today at a hearing held to explore EPA’s proposal to slash RFS-mandated corn ethanol production by 1.4 billion gallons in 2014.
Noting that corn and soybeans are critical ingredients in a diverse range of popular frozen foods, Wilcox warned that a failure by EPA to implement its proposed reductions would hit consumers particularly hard, emphasizing that shoppers have already seen their grocery bills spike by nearly 18 percent. She testified that a family of four is now paying up to approximately $2,700 more per year for food because of reduced corn supply caused by the RFS.
“Should EPA fail to enact its proposed 2014 volume requirements, the ethanol and cellulosic biofuel mandates will be set at aspirational levels completely divorced from reality, a most unwelcome development for food makers and consumers,” Wilcox testified.
AFFI was joined in expressing its support for EPA’s proposal at the hearing by a number of food and beverage groups also alarmed by the pinch food producers and consumers are feeling because of the RFS.
A complete copy of AFFI’s testimony is available by clicking here.
The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) is the national trade association promoting and representing the interests of all segments of the frozen food industry. AFFI works to foster industry development and growth, and advocates before legislative and regulatory entities on the industry’s behalf. More information can be found at www.affi.org.