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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?

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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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