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∑ Brazil meat industry resorts to wheat as stopgap for scarce corn
∑ GMO Concerns Stop Brazil Chicken Producers Buying U.S. Corn
∑ Continued Push for GMO Labeling Compromise
Brazil meat industry resorts to wheat as stopgap for scarce corn
by Parvez Jabri, Business Recorder
09 June 2016
SAO PAULO: Brazil's troubled poultry and pork producers are resorting to feeding their animals wheat as an emergency substitute, a rare step for the industry as it struggles with the worst-ever shortage and record prices of corn, experts say.
The practice, not seen in a decade by one of the world's largest animal protein industries, underscores how soaring local corn prices and an unexpected supply crisis are spilling over into other commodities markets and forced the industry to seek alternatives.
In another twist in the months-long crisis, meat processors are having to feed their hogs and chickens higher-quality grain, normally used in flour for cookies or breads.
Supplies of lower animal-grade wheat sometimes mixed into feedstock have run out.
Traders at three cooperatives in the southern grain states reported isolated sales of wheat suitable for human consumption to animal feed producers in recent weeks.
"It's not that wheat is cheaper. It's just that there isn't any unsold corn around," one trader said at a cooperative in Parana state.
Traders in Parana quoted prices of soft wheat at 800 reais to 850 reais a tonne, which is equivalent to 48-to-51 reais a 60-kg bag. Corn has been quoted, but not easily found, at 50-to-60 reais a bag in the south until recently.
Luiz Carlos Pacheco at wheat consultants Trigo & Farinhas said the meats industry has bought 220,000 tonnes of wheat since May, as the extent of the shortage of corn became clear...
GMO Concerns Stop Brazil Chicken Producers Buying U.S. Corn
Feed buyers said to be concerned about delays to shipments
Brazil has strict rules enforcing segregation of GMO imports
Tatiana Freitas, Bloomberg
June 8, 2016
For Brazilís enormous chicken industry, facing a surprise domestic shortage of corn with which to feed its birds, the solution seemed obvious: import the grain from the U.S., where stockpiles have never been bigger.
Yet there have been no imports from the U.S. so far this year, even though the corn shortfall is so severe that the chicken producers have cut output by 10 percent in recent months. The companies arenít buying American grain because theyíre concerned that Brazilís stringent regulations on genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, threaten to hold up shipments, according to people familiar with the situation.
The fate of one corn cargo that arrived in Brazil in April illustrates their worries about potentially costly port delays. The shipment was from Argentina, which grows a few varieties of modified corn not allowed in Brazil, and it was initially prevented from unloading, one of the people said. While no rules were broken and the grain was eventually allowed onshore, it took a week for the buyer to convince the authorities that the cargo was legitimate, the person said.
In Brazil -- and many other countries -- GMOs are a sensitive topic and are the target of campaigning by environmental groups. Modified agricultural commodities must be carefully segregated and port inspections are strict. Brazil allows farmers to grow GMO soybeans and 29 varieties of modified corn. However, there are 43 types of GMO corn grown in the U.S., according to the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications, an industry group.
Brazilís chicken industry, the worldís biggest exporter of the meat, and grain traders are now considering whether to request approval from the government to import GMO crops that arenít currently permitted, said the people, who asked not be identified because the deliberations are private...
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Continued Push for GMO Labeling Compromise
Source: NAFB News Service
via Hoosier Ag Today - Jun 8, 2016
The Coalition for a Safe Affordable Food Supply and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture this week called on lawmakers to make a deal to block the Vermont labeling law. The groups made the push as Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman, Republican Pat Roberts of Kansas, and ranking member Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, are meeting to discuss a compromise on the labeling of genetically modified foods. Roberts said that the agreement is down to three sticking points, but did not elaborate.
In a joint news release, the groups expressed confidence...