NPPC worried about emphasis on biofuels
The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) in the US
has expressed its worries about the rapid growth of the biofuels sector, causing
pig feed to become very expensive.
NPPC president Joy Philippi said, "The pork industry has concerns about the
rapid growth in the renewable sector, including increased feed input costs, the
availability of corn, the ability to use ethanol by-products and the time it
will take for feedgrain markets to stabilise."
State of the
Philippi reacted to US president's Bush's State of the Union, last
Tuesday. Bush said he wanted to reduce US dependency on traditional fuels by 10%
- and therefore produce more biofuels, like ethanol.
In itself, the
US president's goals of energy security and independence through development of
renewable fuels are supported, the NPPC president said.
Therefore, more research would be very welcome, the NPPC president
"Producers applaud the administration for adopting a
'circuit breaker' to guard against unforeseen circumstances such as a drought,
and we urge the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a working group within
USDA to study the emerging biofuels economy and its implications for producers,
the livestock sector and the consumers they supply and
The US president George W. Bush
recognised the challenges facing pig and poultry farmers from the rapid rise in
He told workers at a Delaware plant that he
realised that pig growers and chicken growers need corn to feed their animals.
"And therefore, it' going to be kind of a strain, at some point in time, on the
capacity for us to have enough ethanol to be able to make us less dependent on
The NPPC praised the
president's perception, saying, "We look forward to working with the president
and his secretaries of agriculture and energy on his energy proposals and on
mitigating their impact on the pork industry."
â€¢ United States
Department of Agriculture
â€¢ National Pork Producers Council
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