Putting gasoline blended with corn in your gas tank can increase the cost of food on your kitchen table. That’s the claim of farmers and ranchers who say federal policies mandating corn ethanol production raise the price of feed for American cattle, pork and poultry. Furthermore, transportation fuel including corn doesn’t reduce carbon pollution much when its entire lifecycle is considered. Does corn have a place in powering America’s future? How does it impact California’s clean energy goals?
Colin Carter, Professor, Agricultural Economics, University of California, Davis
Neil Koehler, CEO, Pacific Ethanol
Michael Marsh, CEO, Western United Dairymen