NFU rejects re-nationalising decision-making on GM feed

THE NFU is extremely concerned by the European Commission’s proposal to re-nationalise decision-making power on GM feed or food back to Member States. 

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Dr Helen Ferrier, NFU chief science and regulatory affairs adviser said: “Approval of GM feed and food must remain at an EU-wide level and must be firmly based on sound scientific evidence. National bans on imports would disrupt trade and threaten the single market, pushing up costs and damaging competitiveness across the whole supply chain.


“Feed is a major proportion of farm production costs. Pig and poultry sectors are especially vulnerable, where feed is 55-65% of cost of production. Any increase in price of feed would put significant strain on food producers and would risk making the EU uncompetitive.


“The EU is almost entirely reliant on imports for its protein feed requirements, most of which are GM. National bans would seriously compromise many Member States’ ability to produce pig and poultry meat, leading to greater imports from outside the EU.


“The practical and logistical difficulties of the proposal would make it extremely disruptive and costly, if not impossible, to implement.


“The trade in GM feed is very well established across the whole of the EU, and is very different from the growing of GM crops. It would be unworkable to try to operate national bans for food and feed as have just been introduced for cultivation.”