“There’s a growing consensus that ethanol is not responsible for driving up food costs, with new data to back it up,” said Joshua Morby, executive director of the Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance. “In fact, many ethanol plants, like the one operated by Didion Ethanol, are producing both food and fuel from corn.”
Morby was in attendance at the “Balancing Energy, Food and Climate” conference today at UW-Madison. The conference featured presentations regarding the long-term sustainability of bio fuels as a fuel source, and offered more evidence that bio fuels like ethanol are not driving up the cost of food.
The article stated: "In fact, rather than contributing to food shortages, ethanol plants are helping to provide food to needy areas."
The Didion Ethanol plant, located in Cambria, WI, is able convert a kernel of corn into both clean-burning ethanol and food products, the latter of which is sent to help feed starving people in Africa and Asia as part of the USAID Famine Relief Program.
“As myth after myth about ethanol is debunked, it’s time for bio fuels to play a larger role in meeting our nation’s energy needs,” Morby said. “Ethanol facilities like the Didion plant can both fuel our country and feed the world.
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Posted by KB, 11/13/08