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American Farm Bureau Federation senior economist Terry Francl says the production of ethanol and biofuels as been wrongly targeted as a scapegoat for rising food costs. He spoke at last weekend's Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in Brooklyn Park, Minn. Pioneer Photo/Brad Swenson

Minnesota Farm Bureau: Ethanol defended in questions over food prices

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BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. -- As rising food costs mirrored higher oil prices, critics blamed ethanol production. But now that oil is half the price it was this summer, why hasn't food prices likewise dropped?


Food prices have soared the past two years, and some blame that on the diversion of corn to ethanol production and away from the table and as feed stock.

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