A delegation of 58 members of Congress signed a letter sent to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency encouraging the agency to pursue development of cellulosic biofuels. “As you know, domestic food prices are rising twice as fast as inflation and global food prices have nearly doubled in the last three years,” the letter states.

It is estimated that one third of the U.S. corn crop will be diverted to ethanol production in 2008. Cellulosic biofuels are produced from wood, grasses or other non-edible parts of plants.

The letter encourages the use of cellulosic biofuel, noting that it could displace one-third or more of domestic gasoline supplies, could significantly reduce the price of gasoline and could reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fuels by 80 percent or more. Fuels derived from corn and other crops will replace only about 4 percent of America’s gasoline supplies this year.

“As you evaluated the impact of the renewable fuels standard on rising food prices, we urge you to do so in a way that will accelerate the development of advanced biofuels,” the letter concludes.

Source: The Pigsite.com