Zero-tolerance to transgenic feed disastrous
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.
DG Agri in its role as the European Commission's agricultural
department, advises that change is necessary as otherwise both pig and
poultry industry production will suffer decreases of 30 to 40% as 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
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%.
â€¢ DG Agri
â€¢ Agrarisch Dagblad
â€¢ European Commission
â€¢ European Union
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