Farm Animals say yes to Low Level Presence of GM

14.02.2008

Farm Animals say yes to Low Level Presence of GM

European farmers face a perennial problem: from where do they source suitable cost-effective feedstuffs for their animals? Like humans, animals need a nutritionally balanced diet including carbohydrates, proteins, fibre and fats. As Europe cannot produce sufficient quantities of its own protein-rich feeds, for many years these have been imported as bulk commodities mainly from North and South America to meet this demand. As these exporting countries’ farmers have long benefited from cultivating the latest GM crops, they continually seek to grow new and superior GM crops, once they are authorised to do so. At present, new GM crops are approved for cultivation and/or import faster in most major cultivating/exporting and importing countries than in the EU. As the EU prohibits the import of commodities which contain any GM material which is not approved by the EU, Europe’s farmers find it increasingly difficult to access cost-effective protein-rich feedstuffs.

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