GM segregation could slow uptake

03 September 1999

GM segregation could slow uptake

THE move by one of the worlds biggest soya and maize exporters to segregate genetically modified crops could slow the technology in the US, experts believe.

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) announced yesterday that it would be separating genetically modified (GM) foods from conventional varieties.

The US group, which has revenues of $14bn, buys one third of the American maize, wheat and soya that is processed into food.

It told suppliers it was still “supportive” of biotechnology developments but it said it “must produce products that our customers will purchase”.

Some 35% of this years American maize crop and 55% of the soya crop are estimated to be derived from GM seeds.

Maize growers were alarmed by the ADM request, leaving the National Corn Growers Association to warn that growers might not be able to sell their grain.

Some experts believe the ADM move “may trigger a wholesale rejection of the technology among farmers,” according to The Times

Cargills, the other big US exporter of soya, maize and other crops, said it was evaluating its rivals move.

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