New research shows that greenhouse gas emissions on farms could rise if more U.S. food companies require feed for their livestock and poultry be free from genetically modified ingredients. The report said grain elevator and feed mill product handling and production requirements would be greater, and the price of meat, milk and eggs for consumers could increase. The Institute for Feed Education and Research released the report earlier this week.

The study examined the environmental and economic implications should U.S. animal food manufacturers need to boost the production of non-GM feed. Partnering with Dairy Management Inc., MFA, the National Corn Growers Association, the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association and others, the research seeks to inform companies throughout the food value chain of the complexities involved with producing GM and non-GM feed lines.

Lara Moody, IFEEDER executive director, says the report “shows that when you limit the use of safe, proven technologies, like GM crops, the costs for both the environment and consumers can increase.”

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