Economists and the media are quick to tie the rise in global food prices to the ethanol boom — which consumed 23 percent of the American corn crop last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
But biofuels are not to blame, according to Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa.
Harkin, chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, discussed congressional efforts to pass a new five-year, $288 billion farm bill Monday at the Fort Dodge Municipal Building.
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