Britain's Egg Producers Call to Lift GM Ban
The British Free Range Egg Producers' Association (BFREPA), led by its chairman Roger Gent is calling on major retailers to abandon the requirement for egg producers to use only non-GM feed. The National Farmers' Union (NFU), the British Egg Industry Council (BEIC) and the British Poultry Council (BPC) recently wrote to the British Retail Consortium (BRC) to warn of the potential problems faced by the industry in using non-GM feed. In a letter signed by NFU president Peter Kendall, BEIC chief executive Mark Williams and BPC chairman John Reed, it is indicated that GM accounted for 89% of the soya bean areas for 2012/13.
With non-GM feed, egg producers in the United Kingdom have to spend additional £100 ($155) per ton, adding unnecessary costs at a time when free range egg producers are facing a severe financial squeeze. With this, Gent and his team are now appealing for a necessary act to protect the egg industry in the country.
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