US trade groups launch anti-ethanol campaign

With rising US gas prices generating new headlines every day and increasing global food prices creating political turmoil abroad, US trade groups are backing the launch of a new anti-biofuels campaign to push the US Congress to cut subsidies and lower import tariffs.

With rising US gas prices generating new headlines every day and increasing global food prices creating political turmoil abroad, US trade groups are backing the launch of a new anti-biofuels campaign to push the US Congress to cut subsidies and lower import tariffs .

The “Food Before Fuels” campaign, managed by Glover Park Group, is backed by the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the American Meat Institution, and the National Restaurant Association, among others. Part of the campaign's messaging includes an emphasis on the effect rising food prices have on poor people in the US.

The US Department of Agriculture reported last month that food prices have risen 5.5% this year. Despite claims by trade groups, though, the US secretary of Agriculture said recently that ethanol prices are not a major factor behind the inflation.

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