GM animal feed escapes debate

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.

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