Accusing RFS of Driving Food Prices is a Whopper

Joanna Schroeder

The National Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR), the lobbying arm for the fast food industry, is returning to the Hill today to continue its anti-RFS (Renewable Fuel Standard) whoppercampaign. Food preparation is a tough job. With rising criticism for the industry’s high profits relative to low wage practices and advertising schemes, things for the industry are a bit rough these days.

Regardless, the association is continuing to dedicate efforts to ending the RFS. But according to Fuels America, unfortunately for them, the bad news continues. A new poll shows that Americans not only love fast food, they also support renewable fuels.

According to the poll:

  • The majority of respondents, or 87%, believe the cost of oil/gasoline is a major factor driving food prices.
  • Another large majority, 87%, agrees that fast food restaurants should support cost-saving alternative fuels.
  • Americans love fast food. In fact, one in three (35%) eat fast food at least once a week.
  • Another two-in-five (38%) say that they visit either once or several times per month. One in five (21%) say they eat at a fast food restaurant less than once a month and just 7% never eat fast food.

The poll also finds that American consumers also support policies that promote alternative sources of energy.

  • An overwhelming majority of Americans (92%) say that it is important for the United States to support policies that promote alternative sources of energy, such as wind, solar, and renewable fuel, with 68% saying it is “very” important.
  • 89% of Americans agree that restaurants that recycle their cooking oil into renewable fuel are helping to decrease greenhouse gas emissions.
  • 87% of Americans believe the cost of oil/gasoline is a major factor driving food prices.
  • 87% of Americans want the fast food industry to support alternative fuels to help lower the cost of the foods they love.
  • 86% agree that fast food restaurants make large profits and should use a tiny fraction of their profits to include sustainable practices into their business models.

Fuels America says the bottom Line: the NCCR’s idea that renewable fuel drives food prices is a whopper. Their own consumers understand that oil drives the cost of food and that restaurants should incorporate alternative fuel for the environment and their own wallets.

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