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Trade Barriers Over GMO Crops Likely to Impact Livestock Producers

Thu, 09 Oct 2014 12:13:29 CDT

Trade Barriers Over GMO Crops Likely to Impact Livestock Producers

A study called "The Prevalence and Impacts of Genetically Engineered Feedstuffs on Livestock Populations" has been put together by University of California-Davis Corporate Extension Specialist for Animal biotechnology and Genomics Alison Van Eenennaam. She studied livestock feeding from the early 1980's to 2010, which included years of data of non-genetically modified crops. From 1996 present there has been an increasing amount of feed made from genetically modified crops. She said there is no difference in feeding either type of feed. In the years to come an impact on livestock producers could be international trade restrictions in getting foreign countries to approve new genetically modified products.

"Not all approvals are going through in different countries at the same time, so when you have very large exporting countries approving crops for cultivation for the importing countries that approved them for import then you have a trade problem and this is likely to get exasperated as more of these crops come on-line," Van Eenennaam said. "There is a large number genetically engineered crops in the development pipeline that are actually optimized for animal feeds."

Farm Director Ron Hays of the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network featured Dr. Van Eenennaam on today's beef buzz. Click on the LISTEN BAR below for today's feature. Dr. Van Eenennaam said there are a lot of benefits out there in the pipeline for livestock agriculture when it comes to GM crops and that global harmonization on regulatory approvals is a key for their future success.

"We are going to have more of these crops in the future, there is a potential for real trade distribution, which of course is going to increase the cost of food every where and has implications for food security," Van Eenennaam said. "This is basically as I mentioned a summary of research, we didn't actually perform any research experiment if you will ourselves. We just took the time to collect the data and have a look of that publicly available data, really done in response to a request from Journal of Animal Science to have somewhere there was a review of all the peer-reviewed data in one place, so we can have a discussion about some of these controversial studies in the context of what the weight of evidence says with regards to feeding genetically modified crops to the livestock population."

Dr. Van Eenennaam said the body of evidence with 30 years of data shows genetically modified crops and the livestock feed produced from those crops is safe and there are no abnormal trends in the health and production data collection on commercial livestock, which included billions of head of livestock.

Click Here to read the scientific study.

The Beef Buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations around the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network- but is also a regular audio feature found on this website as well. Click on the LISTEN BAR below for today's show- and check out our archives for older Beef Buzz shows covering the gamut of the beef cattle industry today.

Ron Hays Beef Buzzes with Dr. Van Eenennaam
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