What is the RFS?

  • The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is a federal mandate that diverts corn away from food production and into ethanol fuel.
  • Under the mandate, fuel sold in the U.S. must contain a minimum volume of ethanol. 
  • Unfortunately, the RFS mandate consumes more than 40% of the annual U.S. corn harvest.2

The Cost of Keeping Up with the Mandate

  • The RFS has led to extremely volatile corn prices. Corn is the foundational grain of the U.S. food supply — used in everything from animal feed to cooking oil — and its volatile price reverberates throughout the food chain.
  • If every kernel of corn grown in the United States last year had been used to make ethanol — leaving none for food, feed or other purposes — it would have offset national gasoline consumption by just 18%.3
  • To meet RFS targets with existing technology, almost 80% of current U.S. farmland would have to be devoted solely to raising corn for ethanol production.3

The Solution

Congress has the power to repeal the RFS and relieve pressure on food prices for chain restaurants and consumers alike. Tell your lawmakers to repeal the corn ethanol mandate.


1 EPA Proposes 2014 Renewable Fuel Standards, 2015 Biomass-Based Diesel Volume, November 2013.
2 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Office of the Chief Economist, April 2012.
3 Meeting Biofuel Production Targets Could Change Agricultural Landscape, American Chemical Society, February 2012.