White House energy plan would hike food costs, group warns

WASHINGTON President Bush’s recent call for the production of more alternative fuels like ethanol could drive up the cost of chicken and other proteins, a poultry trade group warned Wednesday.

The National Chicken Council said the goals set by the President in his State of the Union address on Tuesday could divert more of the corn typically used as animal feed into the production of ethanol. Stepped-up demand from ethanol producers has already doubled the price

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