News From Terre Haute, Indiana

October 11, 2012

READERS' FORUM: Oct. 11, 2012


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Biodiesel smart energy policy

The Obama Administration should be commended for supporting strong domestic energy policy by boosting biodiesel production last month under the Renewable Fuel Standard. This decision will stimulate new biodiesel production and create jobs across the country, including right here in Indiana where the world’s largest integrated soy biodiesel plant is located.

Biodiesel — made from feedstocks such as soybean oil, recycled cooking oil and animal fats — is the first and only EPA-designated Advanced Biofuel to be produced on a commercial-scale nationwide.

Biodiesel isn’t just a good thing for soybean farmers, but also for livestock farmers and ultimately consumers. Livestock, especially pigs and poultry, rely on soybean meal for a large portion of the protein in their diet. When soybean oil is used for biodiesel, this increases oil value and can create a steady supply of soybean meal for livestock farmers.

The Administration’s decision increases the amount of biodiesel that refiners must use to displace petroleum diesel next year to a total of 1.28 billion gallons. The U.S. diesel market equals about 55 billion gallons annually.

This gives the biodiesel industry and its feedstock producers the certainty they need to boost production and invest in their operations. It also will diversify our fuel supplies so that we’re not so dependent on global petroleum prices that threaten our national security and economic growth.

With gas prices once again on the rise, this is exactly the kind of smart domestic energy policy we need for the future.

— Kevin Wilson, president

Indiana Soybean Alliance

Walton

Raising funds to help hungry

On Oct. 21, 2012, the Minority Health Coalition of Vigo County and United Methodist Temple, will be hosting the CROP Hunger Walk. The walk is 5K, and ending at First Congregational Church near Sixth and Ohio streets. Registration begins at 1:30 and the walk will begin at 2 p.m.  

The CROP Hunger Walk was the first of its kind. It began in 1969. The walk raises money for Church World Service to use in communities around the world. What is great about the walk is that 25 percent of the proceeds will be split between the 14th and Chestnut Community Center and the Salvation Army food pantry.

Every day almost 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes. The world produces enough food each year to provide a healthy diet to everyone on the planet, but over 800 million people in the world go to bed hungry. Roughly one-sixth of the people in the world lack access to safe drinking water.

Locally, right here in the Wabash Valley, there are over 40,000 people who are identified as hunger challenged. That is they don’t know where their next meal is coming from. I encourage everyone to get involved. It’s easy and fun. Simply call MHCVC at 812-234-8713 or United Methodist Temple at 812-299-1898 to register and start raising funds to help the hungry.

— Ashley Sanders

Minority Health Coalition

of Vigo County, Inc.

Terre Haute