According to the quoted source, the war in Ukraine has already forced companies to look for alternatives to sunflower oil and the change in trade would include corn, which is mainly used as fodder for animal feed.
Non-genetically modified maize from Ukraine accounts for about half of European Union imports. In contrast, in the case of US corn, about 92% is genetically modified, a similar percentage being valid in the case of Brazil, according to the Center for Food Safety, informs Agerpres.
Although EU companies do not have to label meat or animal products fed with genetically modified crops, the demand for dairy cows from non-genetically modified cows to feed has increased in the last decade.
As the EU moves towards ensuring food security, the EU bloc is also relaxing its import rules.
In Spain, a country waiting to receive maize from the United States, Argentina and Brazil in the coming weeks, the Madrid government has decided to temporarily allow imports containing traces of pesticides in order to stop imports from Ukraine.
This solution will help avoid supply crises, said a spokesman for CESFAC, the Spanish forage producers’ association, which along with the Netherlands is one of the largest customers for corn in Ukraine.
The price of maize and other cereals has risen following the invasion of Ukraine, which exported about 6.6 million tonnes of maize to the EU by the end of March, below the multi-annual average of 7.2 million tonnes.
Andree Defois, an analyst at the strategy firm Grains, predicts that the EU will import 800,000 tonnes of corn from the US in the current agricultural season, the largest amount since the 2017-2018 season.
“Some farmers in Central Europe and Denmark have begun to deplete stocks of non-genetically modified fodder,” said Ase Andersson, communications director at Danish dairy Arla.
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