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FEED QUARTERLY
Study:
NON-GM FEED
HAS ITS COSTS
Researchers say increasing GM-free feed output would conflict with
environmental and sustainability goals, and lead to higher food prices
by Arvin Donley
T
he potential costs of increasing use of feed produced
free from genetically modified (GM) ingredients
would butt up against competing demands
of rising food prices, greenhouse gas concerns
and other environmental and sustainability goals, according
to a new study spearheaded by the Institute for
Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER).
Funded by IFEEDER, Dairy Management Inc., MFA
Inc., the National Corn Growers Association, the US
Poultry and Egg Association and other partners, researchers
from Iowa State University and Decision
Innovation Solutions, the study investigated the potential
economic and environmental impacts that increasing
GM-free feed production could have on farms, at
grain elevators and in feed mills.
" The research found that fairly large-scale, systemic
changes would be needed to accommodate increasing
production of non-GM grain in grain handling, as handling
two differentiated product streams deviates from
the high-volume commodity system that has developed
in the United States, " the study noted.
Crop production impact
With the US adoption rate of GM seeds (over 92% for
both corn and soybeans) and the on-farm benefits of
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GM traits (from reduced labor and fuel use to improved
crop yields and soil health), a significant premium
would be required to entice a farm's return to non-GM
seeds, according to the study. The study found that GM
seeds are more expensive than non-GM seeds, but herbicide
costs for GM corn production can be higher or
lower than non-GM herbicide costs, depending on the
area of production and chemicals used. For soybeans,
GM seeds typically are priced higher than non-GM
seeds, but the herbicide costs are typically significantly
lower than non-GM production.
" In most cases, the higher costs of GM seeds are offset
by lower costs for herbicides, insecticides and field
operations when compared to non-GM production, "
the researchers concluded.
The study, which examined land use in primary cropproducing
states across the United States from 200716,
found that a shift away from non-GM seeds creates
land-sparing benefits. For example, the use of GM seed
traits produced between 6.8 million and 15.9 million
acres of land sparing and 35% to 65% less land conversion
from grassy habitats to crop production than
would have occurred otherwise.
" If a very conservative 5% yield advantage is acknowledged
for GM corn over non-GM corn, grassy
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