Manufacturers & GMO/Non-GMOs products: moving forward into complexity

Producers of GMO-free products in the Dairy industry are developing rapidly. However, will they remain competitive compared to products containing GMO?

The estimates for 2017 show that about 9% of the production of milk would follow non-GMO requirements, and about 9% of meat production. 21% of chicken would be fed without GMO, so are about 13% laying hens and between 16% and 17% of pork. The GMO-free market today represents about a quarter of the production of feed. The guarantee of a product “GMO-free” is expensive, and it can represent up to a third of the price of soybean meal. Consequently, the following questions arise: why should the “made in France” be systematically be GMO-free? Should we claim all products GMO-free? To address these questions, the STNO – Socle Technique Nourri sans OGM (technical base fed GMO-free) – was created in 2012 and aims to gather manufacturers who commit to source raw materials containing less than 0.9% GMO and to proceed to a follow-up analysis of the finished products. For the Director of the SNIA (trade association representing the feed sector), the choice of using GMO or GMO-free products in the feed follows micro and macro-economic considerations: “On one hand, the manufacturer of the feed addresses specific requirements or makes a product they want to claim “GMO-free”; on the other hand, choices are made based on availabilities and prices of raw materials, in which case the standard remains GMO based products”.

La Revue de l’alimentation animale, N. 717, June 2018
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