Global Renewable Fuels Alliance

GRFA: Evidence Clear – Ethanol Production Does Not Drive Food Prices

(TORONTO) Today the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) released a new chart showing opposite trends in the UN FAO’s Food Price Index (FPI) and world fuel ethanol production since 2008, demonstrating clearly that ethanol production is not a main driver of global food prices. The chart uses the latest world fuel ethanol production data from F.O. Licht’s 2017 forecasts.

The FPI’s steady and significant drop to 161.5 points in 2016 since peaking at 229.9 points in 2011 has paralleled the drop in annual oil prices over the same period. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) annual figures show that oil prices have dropped from $94.88 (USD) in 2011 to $43.15 (USD) in 2016.

By contrast, this decline in food prices has coincided with a period of record ethanol production expansion, rising from 87 billion litres in 2011 to 98.5 billion litres in 2016, a 16% increase over this period. This disparity clearly demonstrates that increased ethanol production does not drive food prices.

“Real world data has long contradicted speculation about ethanol production driving up food prices,” Baker said. “These latest figures should finally put to rest any “food vs. fuel” concerns with ethanol production and are consistent with findings by the World Bank which concluded that almost two thirds of food price increases are caused by rising oil prices,” he added.

The Global Renewable Fuels Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting biofuel friendly policies internationally. Alliance members represent over 90% of global biofuels production. Through the development of new technologies and best practices, Alliance members are committed to producing renewable fuels with the smallest possible footprint.

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Bliss Baker, President, Global Renewable Fuels Alliance

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