RFA to Searchinger: “Economic Models are One Thing, Reality is Another”
April 14, 2015 - Issue #207View Full Issue
In response to another poorly crafted study where attorney Timothy Searchinger attempts to re-package his already disproven theory of food vs. fuel, the Renewable Fuels Association(RFA) responded, exposing several holes in his latest study.
“Economic models are one thing — reality is another,” stated RFA CEO Bob Dinneen. “Data from the last decade clearly show that feed grains (like corn) used to produce meat have not been ‘diverted’ away from animal feed markets to make biofuels. In fact, even after accounting for the grain used for ethanol, more grain is available for feed and food use today than at any time in history. If biofuels were truly diverting grain away from food and feed production and causing scarcity, we would expect to see food prices rising abnormally — but this clearly isn’t happening. The United Nations food price index is at its lowest point since the global recession in 2009, and in real terms today’s food prices are lower than in the 1960s and 1970s.”
Dinneen added, ““What’s more, the UN says per capita food supply and protein supply are both at record levels globally — in other words, there is more food available per person today than ever before. Global hunger has fallen 21 percent since 1992 and undernourishment is also at all-time lows, according to the UN.”
Dinneen concluded, “Let’s not forget that ethanol producers make both fuel and feed. Only the starch in the grain feedstock is converted to ethanol, while 100 percent of protein, fat, and fiber remain available to the feed market in the form of distillers grains or other co-products. The world wants more protein — not more carbohydrates — and using grain for ethanol has absolutely no impact on global protein supplies.”