Fast Food Chains Call Renewable Fuels a “Crime Against Humanity”?
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 11, 2014
Jeremy Funk, 202-470-5878
Anti-Renewable Fuels Campaign Funded by the Unhealthiest Fast Food Chains Imaginable Calls Ethanol … a “Crime Against Humanity”?
Americans United for Change reacts: “Now That’s Rich. From Denny’s to Domino’s, The Corporations Behind This Smear Campaign Are Like the ‘Legion of Doom’ When It Comes to Heart Disease, Child Obesity and Diabetes”
Washington DC – Pro-home grown jobs, pro-clean energy, pro-American consumers group Americans United for Change that has been waging a campaign to Save the Renewable Fuel Standard threw down the B.S. Flag today in reaction to outrageous and fact-free rhetoric splashed on the home page of Smarter Fuel Future, an anti-RFS campaign funded by Big Food front group National Council of Chain Restaurants. The first thing visitors of the smear website see is a provocative yet deceitful assertion that the RFS is a “crime against humanity”, a term generally reserved for genocide and the use of chemical or biological weapons.
Jeremy Funk, Communications Director, Americans United for Change: “Big Food has been conducting a slime and smear campaign against the Renewable Fuel Standard for some time now. Yes, Big Grease has teamed up with Big Oil. You see, Big Food, just like Big Oil, desperately needs a scape goat to blame the rising costs of food on so they don’t have to pass their massive profits onto consumers by simply lowering prices themselves. It’s all about their bottom line, the facts and their own personal responsibility be damned. The fact is the World Bank and a number of leading ag academics and economists have studied renewable fuels’ impact on food prices at the grocery store extensively and concluded there simply isn’t one. But while Big Food’s line of attack is not new, their rhetoric has crossed the line big time. You first read this charge from Big Food and wonder ‘Are they serious,’ but apparently they are as serious as a bacon and extra cheese fueled heart attack. If there was ever a time to consider the source, just look who’s behind this unhinged attack. Wendy's, Domino's Pizza, IHOP, White Castle, McDonald’s, and of course, Denny’s, the home of the Peanut Butter Cup Pancake Breakfast : It’s like the Legion of Doom when it comes to heart disease, child obesity and diabetes in America and around the world. Does Big Grease really want to have this debate?”
Inconvenient Facts for Big Food to Swallow:
- “A recent study commissioned by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) examined the impacts of ethanol policies, including the RFS and now-defunct blender’s tax credit, on world crop prices in the 2005-2010 timeframe. Using a partial equilibrium economic model, the study found corn prices in 2009/10 wouldn’t have been any different at all with or without the RFS in place. Corn prices would have been just 3.3% lower, on average, in the entire five-year study period without the RFS and ethanol blender’s tax credit, the study found. The effect of the RFS and other ethanol-related policies on other crops is even less…The Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD), Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute (FAPRI), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Michigan State University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are among the many other organizations that have similarly concluded the RFS has had only modest impacts on crop prices and no meaningful impact on retail-level food prices.” : RFA
- “If the oil industry was concerned about your food prices they would lower the prices of fuel because a recent World Bank study showed that high fuel prices are the cause of higher food prices. In actuality, the ethanol industry only uses the starch in the corn kernel to produce ethanol and the valuable proteins and micronutrients are returned back into the food chain.” : Growth Energy
- “The consumer price index for food since the RFS was implemented in 2008 has very closely tracked the increases in the overall index, growing at about 3 percent per year. In 2014, the indices are expected to continue to grow at similar rates. Consumer gasoline prices, however, have increased by more than 25 percent on average per year over the same period. In effect, consumers are getting hit twice by high fuel prices. First, they pay for the gasoline they need for family transportation. Then, they pay higher prices for the food they purchase because of energy costs. Food costs will only drop if Big Food is willing to pass a portion of its high profits on to the consumers.” : Growth Energy