A Lantmännen silo in Stockholm
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Reactions to Imports of Pesticide-Grown Brazilian Fodder

According to Swedish Radio news, one of the biggest fodder importers in Sweden, Svenska foder, buys almost only certified soya. But only a fraction of the soya bought by the biggest fodder importer, Lantmännen, is certified.

On Monday, Lantmännen defended itself by saying that no-one has before asked for the certified version, neither consumers nor the retailers.

Interviewed by Swedish Radio news, the chairman of Sweden's farmers association LRF, Lars-Göran Pettersson, demanded that all fodder companies buy only certified fodder.

But with this fodder being more expensive than the other soya products, Pettersson says it cannot be just the farmers that pay for this, but that retailers, dairy and meet companies need to pay a part as well.

Meanwhile, the Swedish Institute for Food and Biotechnology (SIK) has come out to say that farmers in this country have the ability to grow more of the feed themselves and can even save money by doing so.

According to Christel Cederberg at SIK, farmer-owned feed company Lantmännen hasn't done enough to encourage Swedish farmers to grow their own beans for fodder.

"If one were to get a bigger front on this and move forward then you would have to have more effort from Lantmännen's side."

But Claes Johansson of Lantmännen says that it would cost more for the farmers to grow their own feed.

"The fodder part would be negatively affected," he told Swedish Radio News on Monday.

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