EPA's Ethanol Delay & SpaghettiO's Recall plus Food Forethought. I'm Greg Martin with today's Northwest Report.
The Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen is expressing frustration over EPA's second delay on making a decision about increasing the amount of ethanol allowed to be blended in regular gasoline from the current 10 percent to 15 percent.
DINNEEN: We're extraordinarily frustrated. We don't believe there's any reason whatsoever to continue to delay making a decision and we think that this is EPA just really being derelict in its duty. They need to get on the ball. They need to expedite this work.
Campbell Soup Co. is recalling 15 million pounds of SpaghettiOs with meatballs after a cooker malfunctioned at one of the company's plants in Texas and left the meat undercooked. The recall was announced late Thursday. A spokesman said the company is recalling certain lots of the product manufactured since December 2008 "out of an abundance of caution" because officials don't know exactly when the cooker at the Paris, Texas, plant malfunctioned. Officials believe it happened recently but aren't sure, he said.
The meatballs that went through the cooker did not get the requisite amount of heat, according to the company. Consumers with questions about the recall can call Campbell's Hotline at (866) 495-3774.
Now with today's Food Forethought, here's Lacy Gray.
The BP oil disaster and all the disturbing pictures seen daily in news reports really brings home the need to free ourselves from our oil addiction. While commuters are biking and walking twenty-five percent more now than they were eight to nine years ago those two modes of transportation are not always practical, and the luxury of living within walking distance of the work place is something most of us can only dream about. So what is the answer? Is it the electric car? Hybrids? Or does curing our nation's future transportation woes depend on developing biofuels? I don't think anyone knows for sure what the correct measure would be. One thing we have come to know, especially in the last several weeks is that short term solutions such as extracting oil from the Rocky Mountain shale, using oil from the reserves, or additional off shore drilling are not the answer to solving our oil dependency. It will most certainly take years to develop alternate energy sources, and yes, big bucks to implement them. But even more importantly, it will take a genuine effort, desire, and sacrifice on each individuals part to finally choose the right path instead of the easy path.
Thanks Lacy. That's today's Northwest Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network.