WASHINGTON, DC – The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today issued the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision not to waive a portion of the Renewable Fuels Standard mandate for 2012-2013:
The EPA’s rejection of requests to waive the Renewable Fuels Standard requirement for 2012-2013 is both disappointing and unfortunate for consumers.
GMA, as well as numerous policymakers, NGO groups and other associations, sought the waiver to provide temporary relief to consumers who have seen food prices rise steadily since the implementation of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), which diverts nearly 40 percent of the corn crop away from livestock feed and food production. The RFS has and will continue to disrupt commodity markets and exacerbate the impact of last summer’s devastating drought on food prices at a time when Americans can least afford it.
The waiver provision was established to provide market relief in extraordinary conditions such as those created by last summer’s drought. The EPA’s decision to reject the waiver requests despite great and obvious need suggests that it is time to rethink the flaws of the RFS and move away from misguided food–for–fuel policies once and for all.
Based in Washington, D.C., the Grocery Manufacturers Association is the voice of more than 300 leading food, beverage and consumer product companies that sustain and enhance the quality of life for hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe.
Founded in 1908, GMA is an active, vocal advocate for its member companies and a trusted source of information about the industry and the products consumers rely on and enjoy every day. The association and its member companies are committed to meeting the needs of consumers through product innovation, responsible business practices and effective public policy solutions developed through a genuine partnership with policymakers and other stakeholders.
In keeping with its founding principles, GMA helps its members produce safe products through a strong and ongoing commitment to scientific research, testing and evaluation and to providing consumers with the products, tools and information they need to achieve a healthy diet and an active lifestyle. The food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry in the United States generates sales of $2.1 trillion annually, employs 14 million workers and contributes $1 trillion in added value to the economy every year. For more information visit www.gmaonline.org.