From the corporate responsibility point of view, ground soya is the most challenging raw material of feeds. More than 80% of global soya production is based on genetically modified plants, and the global availability of GM-free ground soya is constantly decreasing.
Production animals in the Atria chain are fed a diet that is primarily based on Finnish grain, while cattle eat grass. All animals require protein supplements. Pigs are fed feeds such as GM-free barley protein feed or ground soya. Cattle receive supplementary protein from GM-free Finnish rapeseed extract or GM-free ground European colza. Ground soya is used as a source of protein for poultry.
Atria owns a company called A-Feed Ltd, which manufactures feed for domestic animals. A-Feed uses both GM-free ground soya and GM-soya as a protein supplement in its poultry feeds and partly in its pig feeds. A-Feed Ltd uses always Pro Terra certified, or certified by equivalent standards, responsibly produced ground soya in its products. 80% of Atria's contract producers of pork use A-Feed Ltd's products and almost all of the chicken producers use A-Feed Ltd's feeds.
As such, the total quantity of genetically modified ingredients in feeds that Atria's production animals eat is relatively low. Since the availability and the cost of GM-free protein supplements is uncontrollable, Finnish meat producers cannot currently be required to commit to using 100% GM-free protein supplements. We currently do not distinguish between meat-producing farms on the basis of whether their animals are fed on feeds containing genetically modified raw materials.