June 21, 2012
Russian experts see animal health risk with GM-feed use
Russian scientists have proven that there are very serious health risks for animals being supplied with genetically modified (GM) feed, such as it may harm their reproductive system.
A delay in development and growth was detected, plus a distortion of the sex ratio in breeds with an increase in the proportion of females, reducing the number of pups per litter, up to their complete lack in the second and third generation, has been stated at the conference.
According to the President of NAGS Alexander Baranov, the main negative impact of GM feed, which was discovered during the investigation, is a "ban on reproduction," making it almost impossible to obtain third-generation animals.
"The results of our study confirmed the findings of European scientists who pointed out the negative impact on the health of animals from the GM ingredients in feed of animals," Baranov, said. "We used soybean meal, which is widely used in Russia for fattening livestock. Soya of the line 40-3-2, contained in extracted meal, which is allowed in Russia. It is also for use in human food." he added.
The statement by the NAGS has re-fuelled the hot disputes in Russian society on the use of genetically modified feed in livestock and if they should be allowed. Currently the Russian Parliament is considering the new law "On Veterinary" and many experts advise in inclusion of a total ban on the cultivation and use of GM-feed in animal farming.