To the editor:

The price of food is directly linked to the price of energy. Because farmers consume an enormous amount of energy, when energy costs go up, those additional costs are passed on through price increases. These price increases are imbedded into the cost of our food.

This leads me to ask, will taxing American oil and gas companies more heavily, as the president and some in Congress have sought to do, benefit or hurt Iowa’s farmers? It’s obviously the latter. Iowa farmers literally feed the world. Will higher food prices hurt or help people around the world dependent on America’s abundant food production?

As a lifelong Iowa farmer, I urge people to ignore the political rhetoric and examine the reality of certain policies. Just because a policy might sounds good, it doesn’t make it so. More expensive food for everyone will result from additional taxes on those supplying the energy farmers use to make our food.

Nick Helland

Huxley