18 November 1999
GM animal feed escapes debate

THE debate over genetically modified (GM) foods in the UK has largely involved produce intended for human consumption.

But there is a much larger, and largely unseen, penetration of GM material into the animal feed market, reports the Financial Times.

In 1998, Britain imported around 2 million tonnes of soya meal, the high-protein ingredient in pig and poultry fodder, 1.1m tonnes of maize gluten, used a cattle and sheep feed, and 500,000 tonnes of distillers grains.

The Financial Times looks at the problems the food industry is having in sourcing non-GM feed.