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The National Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR) today launched "Feed Food Fairness: Take RFS Off the Menu," a new grassroots campaign focused on repealing the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and the corn ethanol mandate.
Coalition members joined with Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., to announce this effort.
"The (RFS) law unfairly increases food and commodity costs for chain restaurants and ultimately American diners and shoppers across the country. It is time for small business to engage directly in this important debate and ask their lawmakers to take RFS off the menu," said NCCR Executive Director Rob Green.
Coalition members and partners in attendance at the Capitol Hill news conference included chain restaurant companies, small business owners, operators and franchisees and supply chain partners.
Lisa Ingram, president of White Castle, said the RFS and corn ethanol mandate costs chain restaurants up to $3.2 billion annually.
"White Castle is a fourth generation family business," she said. "We have seen firsthand how increasing food prices caused by the Renewable Fuel Standard affect not only our business, but American families who patronize our restaurants."
"The Renewable Fuel Standard has directly affected the supply and cost of feed in major agricultural sectors of this country, affecting the family ranch and farm," added Steve Foglesong, a cattle producer and former president of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. "Even in the wake of the worst drought in decades, the Environmental Protection Agency refused to grant relief through a waiver, making it apparent that the RFS is broken and Congress needs to act. Cattlemen and women are not opposed to renewable fuels, but are seeking a level playing field to compete for a bushel of corn."
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