Zero-tolerance to GM feed disastrous for poultry
DG Agri concludes that the European system for
admittance of transgenic food and feed elements needs to be changed, the Dutch
agricultural paper Agrarisch Dagblad reports.
Being the European Commission's Agricultural Department, DG Agri advises
that change is necessary as otherwise both pig and poultry industry production
will suffer decreases of 30-40% because feed is getting too expensive.
The major problems occur in soybeans and to a certain extent in maize. For
these raw materials, European livestock producers are dependent on a small
number of countries.
Transgenic soybeans are being produced in large amounts in the US. DG-Agri
figured out what would happen should Argentina and Brazil both switch to
transgenic soybean production, which has not been allowed in the EU yet.
The department says that imports of soymeal would decrease by 25.7 million
tonnes, which equals a feed price increase of about 600%.
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