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Co-existence in maize supply chains in Spain and Switzerland

Oehen, Bernadette; Costa-Font, Montserrat; Morgner, Marion; Gil, José M. and Stolze, Matthias (2007) Co-existence in maize supply chains in Spain and Switzerland. Poster at: 3rd QLIF Congress: Improving Sustainability in Organic and Low Input Food Production Systems, University of Hohenheim, Germany, March 20-23, 2007.

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The debate about co-existence usually focuses on the situation of neighbouring farms. Organic producers take the position that co-existence affects the whole supply chain. Therefore, this paper compares the maize grain supply chains in Switzerland and Spain in order to identify which factors influence the segregation of genetically modified (GM) maize from non-GM maize, and discusses how organic production copes with the challenge of GM maize. Considerable differences exist between Spain and Switzerland with regard to grain maize as a component of animal feed. In Spain, where GM maize is grown, it is the feed industry that defines standards in the supply chains. Since the trading co-operatives are unable to supply GM-free maize, independent and separate infrastructures have been developed for a GM-free maize supply (e.g. for maize starch). In Switzerland, the retailers define quality standards for suppliers, and these standards exclude the use of GM plants for feed. Therefore, the feed industry has to segregate GM from non-GM feed.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Poster
Keywords:co-existence; GMO, maize; supply chain, Lebensmittelqualität, Biogene, GVO-Verunreinigungen, Koexistenz, Sozio-Ökonomie, Kommunikation
Subjects: Food systems > Policy environments and social economy
Food systems > Produce chain management
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Socio-Economics
International Conferences > 2007: 3rd QLIF Congress > 6 Supply chain
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Food Quality
Related Links:http://orgprints.org/10417/
Deposited By: Stolze, Dr. Matthias
ID Code:10379
Deposited On:14 Mar 2007
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:34
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information: The final version of this paper is published in:
Niggli, Urs; Leifert, Carlo; Alföldi, Thomas; Lück, Lorna and Willer, Helga, Eds. (2007) Improving Sustainability in Organic and Low Input Food Production Systems. Proceedings of the 3rd International Congress of the European Integrated Project Quality Low Input Food (QLIF). University of Hohenheim, Germany, March 20 – 23, 2007. Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, CH-Frick.http://orgprints.org/10417/
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