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French Goverment Offers Subsidy for GE-Free Animal Feed

French Goverment Offers Subsidy for GE-Free Animal Feed
GMOs: French regional govt to subsidize buying non-GM soymeal

July 3, 2001 6:27am

Paris, July 3 (BridgeNews) - The government of the Aquitaine region in
southwest France is launching a 4-million-franc plan to help cattle farmers
buy local non-genetically modified soymeal for feed, a spokeswoman said
Tuesday. The council estimated the farmers pay 800 francs per tonne more to
buy local soymeal than they would pay for imported soymeal, and the aid
would cover half of that additional cost.

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"The main advantage for farmers to buy local soymeal is that the product is
fully traceable and GM-free," a council spokesman said.

The expected cost of 4 million francs is based on the region's cattle
population of around 20,000.

The measure complements a 15-million-franc aid plan launched in February to
help cattle farmers in the Aquitaine region recover from the economic costs
of the mad cow disease crisis. End
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