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Feed and Livestock

Note: DuPont scientists conducted a review of current scientific literature about the impact of crop biotechnology on feed and livestock. This information will be updated from time-to-time. We welcome new scientific information and, of course, your perspective.

Just as consumers want to know more about the safety of biotech crops for human consumption, farmers and feed producers seek to understand the nutritional quality of animal feed made from biotech crops. They also want to know about the safety, composition and nutritional quality of animal products, such as milk, meat and eggs. A number of tests that assess these areas are performed before biotechnology products are marketed.

Prior to marketing products from biotechnology, DuPont works with regulatory agencies in the U.S. and many other countries to assess product equivalency to its conventional counterpart for nutrition, food safety and agronomic performance. We also conduct studies to evaluate possible differences in the grain or forage produced from biotech and conventional crops.

Tests to determine equivalency are widely accepted. The process includes several biochemical tests for key components such as essential vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, carbohydrates and amino acids. In addition, anti-nutrients, endogenous toxicants, known and potential allergens and other physiologically active components are evaluated.

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