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Rising Volumes of GMO-Free Soy Available -Industry Groups

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Soybeans that are free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are available in growing volumes, despite claims by German poultry producers that supplies are falling, three associations that support GMO-free crops and trade said.

German poultry and egg producers said last week they had given up on a promise to consumers to avoid feeding birds with soy containing GMOs because of lower supplies of GMO-free soybeans, especially from Brazil.

"According to agricultural analysts from Brazil, the availability of GMO-free soybeans is increasing rapidly," the ProTerra Foundation; the Brazilian association of non-GMO grain producers ABRANGE; and VLOG, a German association for GMO-free food, said in a joint statement on Monday.

"Compared to the previous season, this season Brazilian farmers produced 10 percent more non-GM soy," ABRANGE Managing Director Ricardo Tatesuzi said in the statement. "Forecasts for the biggest soy-producing state, Mato Grosso, predict even an increase of 50 percent more over 2013."

The sea-borne export of Brazil's 2014 soybean crop, which is now being harvested, will involve the transport of an increasing volume of non-GMO soybeans by container instead of in bulk carriers from March 2014, they said.

This will reduce the risk of cross-contamination with remains of GMO crops shipped previously on the same vessel, the three associations said.       


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