The National Corn Growers Association is calling on its membership to communicate directly with food companies involved in the Grocery Manufacturers Association’s attack on corn farmers and U.S. ethanol production. NCGA singled out three companies in particular and asked members to express disappointment over their support for the GMA campaign.
“We’ve asked our farmers to pick up the phone or send an email urging these companies to stop this senseless campaign,” said Ron Litterer, NCGA president. “As part of the supply chain for Kraft, General Mills and Lakeside Foods, our growers need to make sure their voice is heard and respected.”
These three companies each have representatives on the GMA board of directors, and Litterer said he is hoping they will listen to farmers who supply them with raw product for food manufacturing and focus should be on the real problem – high energy costs. Litterer noted that a one dollar increase in the price for a gallon of gasoline has up to three times the impact on food prices as a dollar rise in the price of a bushel of corn.