GMO-free aminal feed

A3 - Saturday 14:30 - 16:30


While food in Europe is basically GM-free due to consumer opposition, most imported soya and some maize gluten animal feed is genetically modified, as animal products raised from GM feed need not be labelled so far. However, a growing GMO-free market for animal feed has been established, despite the obstruction of major commodity traders who have intentionally co-mingled GM and non-GM soybeans in their shipments and crushing facilities, trying to raise prices for non-GM supply and denying farmers a fair choice. The European GM-free soybean supply mainly depends on GMO-free cultivation, certification and shipment from Brazil. An update on the situation there will be given, including the results of a recent fact-finding mission to Brazil by members of seven Euro-regional authorities. Successful models of combining demand and increasing market power and for supplying certified GM-free soybeans will be presented.

Wider issues and implications are also on the agenda, such as the ecological and social implications of soy production for EU animal feed in countries like Brazil and Argentina and standards addressing these issues, the U.S.-EU Blair House Agreement on oilseed and ways out of the European dependency on protein imports.


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Key participants and speakers:

Mute Schimpf (AbL, Association of Peasant Farmers, Germany - German market)

Jochen Koester (IMCOPA, Brazil / Switzerland)
GM-free Animal Feed - It is all available!

Helene Paul (Econexus, UK)
The Blair House Agreement: Context and Background
The implications of the end of the Blair House limits on EU oilseed production

Renaud Layadi (GMO-free Regional Governments Network)
GMO-free Network Mission to Brazil

Background Documents

Jochen Koester (January 2006)
Raw soybean delivery from farms
Presentation from the Industry Panel at the GMO-free-regions conference.

American Soybean Association, Weekly Update (19 December 2005)
GM Soy Seed Usage Slows In Brazil
A lower-than-expected 40% of Brazil’s 2006 soybean harvest will be from genetically modified varieties. Of the 22 million hectares of soybeans sown in the country, about 9 million hectares are GM, with just 3 million hectares of these legally registered.

Presentations at the Non-GMO Soy Summit 2005
This meeting held in Brussels 28. & 29. June 2005, brought together soy crushers and processors from Brazil and their European industrial customers for a constructive exchange of information and ideas.

Non-GMO certifier: Cert ID
CERT ID is a global company providing third-party certification programmes.

Cert ID certified (April 2005)
Volumes of available South American ‘Non-GMO’soy meal and other soy products  
A volume of about 6 million MT of ‘Non-GMO’-certified soy meal plus over 5 million MT of soybeans available at relatively short notice means that, in 2005 again, considerably more than 25% of the European Union’s consumption of soy meal can be covered from the production of only 14 South American soy crushers.

Coordination Paysanne Européenne (March 2003)
Animal feed - A key Common Agricultural Policy issue
A four-page report about animals, feed, and feed imports in the EU

Lecture (in German) of Josef Feilmeier (Passau, Germany, animal feed trader) on GE crops in agriculture and the options to go for GMO-free feed.

Coordination Paysanne Européenne (August 2001)
L’alimentation animale, Une question centrale de l’agriculture européenne et Un enjeu majeur entre l’Union Européenne, les Etats-Unis et des pays