U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) has introduced a bill that would link the corn ethanol production mandate under the Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) to the amount of U.S. corn supplies. S. 3428 creates a simple process so that when the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports on U.S. corn supplies towards the end of each year, based upon the ratio of corn stocks-to-expected use, there could be a reduction made to the RFS mandate for corn ethanol.
"Domestic food production is reaching a state of crisis driven by the increasing cost of inputs, like corn, so that poultry and other food producers have to compete with industries that are operating under unfair government ethanol production mandates. My legislation offers a simple change to the Renewable Fuel Standard that will help provide our domestic food producers access to corn," said Senator Cardin. "This is a common sense solution to make sure that we have enough corn supplies to meet all of our corn demands.
"I understand the important role domestic ethanol production will play in helping our nation achieve greater energy security. However, the nurturing and growth of our domestic biofuels industry must not come at the expense of our domestic food supply. We cannot sacrifice U.S. food security for energy security," Senator Cardin added.