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Take Action: Urge Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to Priortize Food Over Fuel!


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JL
- 787 days ago - actionaidusa.org
A recent study by researchers at Tufts University estimates that U.S. ethanol expansion cost net corn importing countries $11.6 billion in higher corn prices over the past 6 years



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JL A. (274)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 7:10 am

The Petition

Dear Agriculture Secretary Vilsack:

As you travel to coordinate relief efforts in the drought-stricken Farm Belt this month, we urge that you also act to alleviate the impacts of the U.S. drought on people living in poverty around the world.

The spike in corn prices that has accompanied the drought is just the latest episode in a devastating, protracted global food crisis that has pushed millions around the world into poverty and hunger over the past 6 years.

The promotion of biofuels, particularly corn ethanol, has played a major role in driving up food prices. Without decisive action on the part of the U.S. to eliminate mandates and incentives that encourage unsustainable biofuel production, the crisis will continue with no end in sight.

A recent study by researchers at Tufts University estimates that U.S. ethanol expansion cost net corn importing countries $11.6 billion in higher corn prices over the past 6 years, with more than half that cost, borne by developing countries. Many of these countries are experiencing devastating levels of hunger and malnutrition.

When you or your representatives meet with other G20 countries on World Food Day (October 16), please act to remove U.S. volume and blending targets for corn ethanol and other food-based fuels so that U.S. policies no longer promote competition for land between food and fuel.

Sincerely,
ActionAid petition at:
http://actionaidusa.org/do/petitions/urge_secretary_of_agriculture_tom_vilsack_to_priortize_food_over_fuel/
 

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Tuesday October 2, 2012, 7:17 am
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JL A. (274)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 7:28 am
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Tuesday October 2, 2012, 8:44 am
Noted and So signed, thanks.
 

Ellen G. (345)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 8:54 am
Don't know why this idiot is still working in the White House. Signed
 

JL A. (274)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 8:59 am
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Tuesday October 2, 2012, 9:01 am
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Nancy C. (806)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 10:29 am
home email...thanx JL, connecting link...
 

TomCat S. (234)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 11:35 am
Done. It makes no sense to spend more energy that is returned to make fuel. It is not ethical to destroy food in this manner when so many are hungry.
 

JL A. (274)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 11:36 am
Very well said TomCat:You cannot currently send a star to TomCat because you have done so within the last week.
 

Rhonda Maness (583)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 11:53 am
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Thanks CHer
 

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Tuesday October 2, 2012, 1:06 pm
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John B. (158)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 6:08 pm
Thanks Carrie for the link to the ActionAid petition. Signed and noted. Food not fuel.
 

Julian Robert Gonzalez (112)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 6:12 pm
Sorry could not sign petition. I used the link but got 404 error. Any other link?
 

Julian Robert Gonzalez (112)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 6:14 pm
Never mind, got it and signed.
 

Sara W. (110)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 10:10 pm
Signed.
 

JL A. (274)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 6:31 am
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Ben Oscarsito (344)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 6:54 am
Done!
 

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Wednesday October 3, 2012, 7:05 am
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Sunday October 7, 2012, 2:07 pm
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Sunday October 7, 2012, 9:03 pm
Signed and noted, Thanks.
 

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Sunday October 7, 2012, 9:23 pm
Signed. Thanks J.L.
 

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Monday October 8, 2012, 7:18 am
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Lisa Neste (710)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 1:18 pm
Urge Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to priortize food over fuel!

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