A bipartisan bill introduced in the House of Representatives this week would phase out government support for corn-based ethanol over five years and encourage the commercial development of second generation biofuels.

Representatives Joseph Crowley D-N.Y. and Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif. introduced  H.R. 3187, titled “The Affordable Food and Fuels for America Act,” which gained support from members of the Blanced Food and Fuel Coalition. “We commend the leadership of Reps. Crowley, D-N.Y., and Bono Mack, R-Calif., for introducing legislation that is absolutely critical to both producers and consumers of food by controlling volatile commodity markets and ensuring all users of feed grains compete on a level playing field,” said the nationally-released statement from the coalition. ”If passed, the bill would permit badly needed adjustments in the corn-based ethanol mandates required by law. It represents an important step in weaning ethanol from its reliance on government protections to be commercially viable and compete with other commodities that rely on corn as their major input.”

The BF&F coalition is an alliance of animal agricultural groups concerned about the impact that the corn-based ethanol policy may have on the competitiveness of animal agriculture, exports, the food industry and ultimately the consumer. The coalition supports both legislative and regulatory action that will help relieve the volatility and escalation of feed costs, which have significantly affected the cost of poultry and livestock production and ultimately negatively impacted rural jobs and the cost of raising protein for consumption. A copy of the statement is available from the Balanced Food and Fuel Coalition.