NRA asks lawmakers to factor food costs into energy discussions

WASHINGTON The National Restaurant Association has asked the leaders of the U.S. Senate to consider how a legislative push for stepped-up ethanol production could affect food costs.

The diversion of more corn to the production of the so-called biofuel is widely expected to raise further the price of many restaurant supplies, including chicken and other proteins from livestock that feed on the grain. The NRA letter suggested that incentives could lead farmers to

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