on May 19, 2008
Europe: Another plea from within for EU to reconsider GMO ban
European Parliament chairman calls for review ban of import feed
The chairman of the European Parliament's agriculture and rural development committee has called for the European Union to review its ban on importing feed that contains traces of genetically modified soybeans or corn. Non-GMO soya presently costs around US$100 per metric ton more than the GMO equivalent, he pointed out. He also proposed a review of Europe's rules on approving new GMO feed materials as a way of helping to reduce livestock feeding costs by increasing ingredient supplies. According to the committee, the present protocol takes 34 months to approve any new GMO feed variety for importation, compared with 15 months in the U.S. The delay has created a log-jam of applications, with 50 GMO varieties still waiting for European approval.