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Coalition asks Obama administration to repeal ethanol subsidies

In news that will interest grain growers across Canada, members of a coalition of US poultry and livestock organizations were in Washington Tuesday to ask the incoming administration of President-elect Barack Obama to repeal $5 billion (US) worth of ethanol subsidies.

November 19, 2008  By

November 19, 2008 

A coalition of groups including the American Meat Institute, the National Chicken Council and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association held an event in Washington Tuesday asking the Obama administration to repeal what it called "harmful ethanol subsidies, which total more than $5 billion annually."

The coalition also released the results of national Ipsos survey of 1,000 Americans, which found that nearly nine in 10 (89 percent) are concerned about the rising cost of food, including 57 percent who say that they are "very concerned."


When provided with information about USDA data showing corn ethanol production is the cause of 10 percent of food price inflation, nearly half (49 percent) of respondents become less likely to support policies aimed at promoting the use of corn to produce ethanol. When asked if they would support keeping or changing existing congressional policies, 56 percent of respondents called for Congress to reduce or eliminate subsidies and mandates for the use of corn ethanol. 

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