The Right to Choose: EPA Ethanol Mandate in Context

Much of the American agriculture industry has been adamantly opposed to the EPA’s recent decision to cut the amount of ethanol that must be added to the nation’s fuel supply – by about 3 billion gallons in 2014. Although such a decision will most likely hurt demand for ethanol, and ultimately the price of corn, as roughly 40 percent of our nation’s corn crop goes to fuel use, it is the right thing to do.

But don’t take my word for it.

American farmer Cory Ritter impassionedly explains in his blog that, at the end of the day, the customer should have the choice to purchase fuel with ethanol or not. The ability to choose is a fiercely held American value, so why take that away? As Cory points out, he is more than happy to grow non-GMO soybeans on his farm for a $2 premium per bushel. If customers want ethanol, or non-GMO soybean for that matter, they deserve the right to purchase those products.

The custom in the U.S. on Thanksgiving is to reflect on the past year and think about what one is thankful for. This year I’m thankful for the ability to choose. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Cory Ritter’s blog post: Are You Angry Over Choices?


One thought on “The Right to Choose: EPA Ethanol Mandate in Context

  1. Pingback: Memo to Senator Grassley and Terry Branstad: Stop. LET THE MARKET DECIDE! | Primum non nocere

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