New alliance asks Congress to mind food costs

WASHINGTON Roused by soaring food costs, an unusual alliance of restaurant, retail and consumer-advocacy groups has petitioned Congress to reconsider governmental efforts to turn corn and other farm products into fuel.

In a letter to two Democrats who are leading hearings today on federal food-to-fuel mandates and subsidies, the newly formed alliance acknowledged that food prices are being driven up by many factors, including “increased global demand, speculativ

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