Food & Drink Process & Packaging Issue 8 2016 - Page 5

Arla Foods UK: Arla Foods is a global dairy company and co-operative owned by 12,700 dairy farmers with circa 2,700 of whom are British. by attracting more farmers who are the farmers as they convert. This as logistics, separated productions willing to convert to GM free feed,” model driven by market demand is etc. As the commercial opportunities says Åke Hantoft. also used for organic milk, for which arise in other markets, we will invite He underlines that the decision is the farmers are already compensated farmers to participate and gradually based on the commercial opportunity for the extra feed cost. take on more farmers. But we still and does not indicate that Arla’s “Our immediate demand is up to 1 need to explore exactly how we can owners are taking a new stand on GM. bn kg extra milk during the next 12 make this happen and how fast,” says “We welcome innovative solutions and months and we expect to be able to Peder Tuborgh. new technology, which can improve pay an extra 1 eurocent per kg milk. The genetically modified feeds farming and help feed the world’s The market driven compensation currently used are in most cases growing population in a sustainable will also be paid to all our Swedish limited to soy, which on Arla farms manner. We are not closing a door on farmers, who already use GM free covers between 0 and 10 per cent of GM and we will continue to monitor feed. We do not know exactly from the total feed volume. All soy currently the scientific research into the pros when, but we are working fast to used at Arla farms is covered by and cons of GM going for-ward.” unfold the details,” says CEO Peder certificates to support responsible Compensation could be 1 eurocent per Tuborgh. soy production. Despite the fact that kg milk The practical challenges in the the cows are fed with these limited Converting to GM free feed will be company and on the farm are still to amounts of genetically modified soy a cost for the farmers. However, be investigated. feed, their milk is per definition GM following the price premium that the “Currently, the demand comes from free as the GM can’t be traced to the retailers and the consumers will be Germany, where we will immediately milk. willing to pay, Arla will compensate look into the practical issues such FDPP - 5