A broad coalition of livestock and meat industry organizations sent a letter this week to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.,) and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell (D-Mich.), urging opposition to any amendments in the upcoming Energy Bill that would increase the Renewable Fuels Standard for grain-based ethanol.

The letter states that as the country works to reduce dependence on foreign oil, it is essential that Congress carefully regard the impacts of the use of corn for fuel. Groups signing the letter include the American Meat Institute, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, the National Chicken Council, the National Pork Producers Council, the National Turkey Federation, United Egg Association and the United Egg Producers.

These groups are members of the Coalition for Balanced Food and Fuel Policy, which seeks to address the impacts ethanol policy might have on the competitiveness of animal agriculture, exports, the food industry and ultimately the consumer. Their Web site includes articles and resources about those potential impacts

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