By now I guess everyone has heard about the high profile public relations campaign that the Grocery Manufacturers Association is waging against ethanol production. And judging by some of their recent comments they aren't going to let the truth stand in their way.
"The federal government's food to fuel mandates are diverting one quarter of America's corn supply from kitchen tables to fuel tanks, and the result is corn selling for $6 a bushel," said Scott Faber, a Washington lobbyist for the Grocery Manufacturers Association Faber.
Source : Consumer Affairs April 7, 2008
According to the USDA this number is correct, about 24% of this marketing years corn crop will go to ethanol production.
But the truth must not have been good enough because two days later Scott Faber had this to say in an interview with OnPoint.
It's no surprise to you that when you divert a third of your corn supply into your gasoline tanks that that's going to drive up the price of corn and that the rising price of corn is going to trickle throughout the economy driving up the price of food.
Source : E&ETV April 9, 2008
Then a week later, he had a new number for us.
“Federal food-to-fuel mandates have led to over one quarter of corn to be diverted from food to ethanol production, driving up the price of corn and other commodities to historic highs,” said Faber.
Source : GMA Press Release April 16, 2008.
So over the span of nine days he went from a quarter, to a third, to over a quarter. It almost seems as if he was trying to find the largest number that people would be willing to believe.