In a recent interview with AgriTalk Radio, Geoff Cooper, vice president for research and analysis, Renewable Fuels Association, says there is no statistical evidence that ethanol demand for corn is a major factor in rising retail food prices.

Ethanol “must be put into context with a dozen or15 other major factors that are driving food prices,” says Cooper. “It is a complex set of  interrelated factors that are driving food prices.”

In addition, one third of each bushel of corn comes back to the livestock industry in the form of distillers’ dried grains with solubles, says Cooper.