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Animal Feed

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made on the effect on the environment of the livestock industry’s use of soy-based animal feed; and if he will make a statement. (283742)

While no formal assessment has been made, we are currently considering the impact of the use of soya-based animal feed on the environment. In view of soya-based meal being a by-product of oil production, and there currently being no other mainstream uses for this by-product, reduction in its use for animal feed may not therefore lead to a reduction in soya bean production itself. Whatever feed source was to replace soya based feed would also have its own environmental impact.

DEFRA is funding ongoing research in conjunction with industry to look at alternative home grown protein rich animal feed crops, such as lupin, and assess the impact of such alternatives for both the environment and the livestock industry.