Congressman Bob Goodlatte toured the 6th District Tuesday talking about ethanol.
He stopped at Staunton Foods to say he wants to get the government out of the business of favoring corn for fuel over corn for food. According to Goodlatte, more than 40 percent of the corn crop in the U.S. is used for ethanol.
Goodlatte says it's now affecting consumers.
"It is more than the petroleum industry needs. It is taking more out of the market than the livestock industry can stand, and the result of that is corn prices have skyrocketed and food prices are right behind," he said.
The congressman has introduced legislation to do away with the Renewable Fuel Standard mandate. He's also proposing a bill to exclude corn from the mandate and set realistic requirements for ethanol production.
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