Food THEN Fuel: American Biodiesel's Role in Strengthening Food Security
American biodiesel is important to our country’s energy diversity and
environmental goals. However, biodiesel also plays a vital role in strengthening
food security and keeps grocery items, like meat, from increasing in price more
than they already would due to inflation and petroleum energy costs.
Biodiesel has proven itself as an advanced biofuel and is an excellent example of how the
Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) is working as it was intended. Yet, some biofuels
critics would incorrectly have the public believe that biodiesel depletes the
food supply, contributes to higher prices at the checkout counter, and is
uneconomic. The facts we will detail here will show those ideas to be
As this paper will explain, biodiesel is employing a “food THEN fuel” approach by supporting the
nation’s food supply chain in a number of important ways: giving farmers a market-based incentive to
boost overall meat and grain production, adding economic value to the production
cycle to help offset grocery price pressures over the long run, and supporting
jobs and economic development, not only in the energy sector, but across a broad
spectrum of industries. These are not potential benefits cast in the future
tense, but rather real world outcomes of a productive alternative fuel industry
that is working on a commercial scale for America today.
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