RFA releases updated publication debunking food vs. fuel

By Renewable Fuels Association | October 15, 2014

The Renewable Fuels Association released an updated version of its popular publication “Fueling a Nation, Feeding the World.” This 10-page booklet outlines ethanol’s contribution to the global food and feed supply and contains information that disproves the fabricated food vs. fuel argument.

Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the RFA, discussed the highly-detailed handbook, stating, “The U.S. ethanol industry has quietly evolved into one of the largest feed processing sectors in the world, generating nearly 40 million metric tons of high-protein, high-energy animal feed in the 2013/14 marketing year. The RFA publication is a resource intended to educate policymakers and consumers about the industry’s role in producing feed, to counter the nonsensical food vs. fuel notion, and explain the benefits of ethanol production and co-products for both food and feed markets.”

The booklet outlines the co-products of ethanol production, such as distillers grain, corn distillers oil, and corn gluten feed. For instance, a 56-pound bushel of corn will yield 2.8 gallons of ethanol and 17 pounds of distillers grain, which is commonly fed to beef cattle, dairy cows, swine, poultry, and even fish. The handbook explains that “the feed produced by ethanol plants in 2013/14 would be enough to produce nearly 50 billion quarter-pound hamburger patties — or seven patties for every person on the planet.”

The publication concludes by stating, “Not only are U.S. ethanol producers helping to meet future demands for energy, but they are also helping to meet the increasing food and feed needs of a growing world.”

RFA will be sharing the booklet with international buyers and U.S. producers of ethanol-related co-products, such as distillers grain, at the Export Exchange in Seattle next week. More information on the 2014 Export Exchange can be found at www.ExportExchange.org.