Around the world, food insecurity is on the rise. Families from Senegal to Arkansas are struggling to afford enough food to eat. They're facing impossible choices: use their limited funds to buy food or use them to buy other basic needs, like medicine.
And as cereal prices reach record-high levels, it's getting worse. A global food crisis is coming – but we can stop it.
As the world’s largest exporter of corn, wheat and soy, the US is a huge driver in global food prices. Because of the worst drought in over 50 years, our harvests this year are expected to be bad – driving supply down and demand up, forcing global food prices to rise higher and higher.
Despite this, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires that a large portion of our corn crop to be used not as food but to produce ethanol, an additive in gasoline. Last year, 40% of the corn produced in the US ended up burning up in our gas tanks.
Waiving the corn-ethanol mandate will lead to an estimated 7.4% drop in global corn prices and is anticipated to lower prices for meat, eggs, diary, and more. For the one billion people on the planet who wake up and go to bed hungry, even this modest decrease in prices could make all the difference.
The EPA needs to hear from you by October 11. Will you speak up today? Tell the EPA: Waive the corn-ethanol mandate so the world can afford to eat.
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Dear EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson: