The Soil Association says 60% corn, 30% soy are GM crops
British consumers are unknowingly consuming milk, dairy products and pork produced from GMO-fed animals, the Soil Association said Friday.
The British organic certification organization, which opposes GM crops, said that a survey estimated about 60 percent of maize and 30 percent of soy fed to dairy cattle and pigs is genetically modified.
“Biotechnology companies have clearly used imported animal feed as a Trojan Horse to introduce GMO into the U.K. food chain,” Soil Association director Patrick Holden said in a statement.
There has been significant opposition to GM crops among British consumers.
The Soil Association, which certifies about 70 percent of the organic food sold in Britain, said there was no previous requirement to label foods produced from GMO-fed animals so shoppers found it hard to avoid these products.
Poultry producers have widely adopted non-GMO feed policies, in contrast to dairy and pig sectors, but around one-third of eggs are from GMO-fed hens, the Soil Association said.