Rising Energy Costs the Culprit Behind Higher Grocery Bills
Washington--Farmers and ranchers are often asked why retail food prices are rising. Although the answer is not a simple one, in a Newsline radio report, Matt Erickson, an economist with the American Farm Bureau Federation, explains that if you look at the marketing chain from farm to fork, a lot of energy goes into the food that ends up on our plates.
Erickson also points out that ethanol production keeps getting more efficient, so we don’t have to choose between feed and fuel. “One bushel of corn can make 2.8 gallons of ethanol,” he said, also noting that one bushel of corn can also make 17 to 18 pounds of dried distillers grains, a good source of feed for livestock