Giant US grain processor segregates GM crops

One of the world's largest processors of oilseeds, corn and wheat is "encouraging" its American grain suppliers to segregate GM and non-GM crops.

Archer Daniel Midland Company (ADM), an Illinois-based company that processes grains, seeds and other crops for an international group of food and feed manufacturers admitted that its need to fulfil the requirements of overseas customers, wary of GM crops, has led it to recommend GM crop segregation.

An ADM spokesperson confirmed with edie that it is contacting its grain suppliers and asking them to consider GM segregation.

The Wall Street Journal has interpreted the move as a sign that European concerns regarding the health and environmental impacts of GM crops and food are beginning to affect American exporters.

ADM describes itself as serving “food processors and feed manufacturers by producing a wide range of quality ingredients – enough to feed 130 million people every day – at a low cost”. ADM markets several lines of health-related food products including soy-based products under the brand NovaSoy. Soy has received considerable attention in the US as a foodstuff that may act in ways to prevent the development of breast and prostate cancers.

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