Published on 1 February 2013
Roger Gent, chairman of the largest association of free range egg producers, the British Free Range Egg Producers' Association (BFREPA), is calling on major retailers to abandon the requirement for egg producers to use only Non GM feed.
The premium that egg producers are having to pay for Non GM soya is selling at a £100 per tonne premium over GM soya - adding unnecessary costs at a time when free range egg producers are facing a severe financial squeeze. Some soya importers are warning that they may soon not be able to obtain the supplies of Non GM soya they need because growers in north and south America are planting predominantly GM crops. Although Asda and Morrisons have now dropped their insistence on Non GM feed, other retailers have yet to follow. Roger Gent is now appealing for them to act before it is too late.