Chicken producer phases out GM feed

by 5m Editor
14 February 2005, at 12:00am

AUSTRALIA - One of the nation's largest chicken meat producers, Bartter-Steggles, says phasing out genetically modified feed shouldn't increase the price of chicken. Bartter-Steggles is one of three companies which have agreed to source non-GM feed, to satisfy consumer perceptions that GM-free is better. Chairman Peter Bartter says, for the first time, the company has found an overseas port which can segregate GM soy beans from non-GM beans. "We thought we'd go the extra yards now that the beans can be sourced at no major cost impost to us. "The price is a little bit dearer than the normal soy beans, or the GM beans, but the cost isn't high enough that it says to us that we have to increase the price of chicken. "So while we can buy soy beans at the same price, we should do it."

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