GUELPH, ON (June 12, 2013) – Ontario grain feeds, typically comprised of corn and soybeans, continue to be a safe and healthy source of protein and fat for livestock.
“Many of our members grow crops for feed and also raise livestock, including hogs, on their farms, “ says Barry Senft, CEO of Grain Farmers of Ontario. “Our food system is science-based and highly regulated and our farmer members work tirelessly to maintain it.”
A recent report in the Australian publication, Journal of Organic Science, suggested that genetically modified (GM) animal feed presented adverse effects in hogs. The publication is funded by anti-GM groups and is strongly biased.
In Ontario, livestock feed is the largest market for corn and soybeans and numerous independent studies conducted over the past 15 years have found no difference between animals fed GM or non-GM diets.
Grain Farmers of Ontario
Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 corn, soybean and wheat farmers. The crops they grow cover 6 million acres of farm land across the province, generate over $2.5 billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $9 billion in economic output and are responsible for over 40,000 jobs in the province.