A regulation is in the making at the Icelandic Ministry of Agriculture to ban the use of genetically modified feed for sheep, RÚV reports. The Icelandic Sheep Farmers’ Association believes such a ban could open markets for Icelandic lamb abroad, where there is a strong demand for the purity of the product.
Representatives from the American supermarket chain Whole Foods Market recently visited the country, but one of their requirements for purchasing agricultural products is that their purity is guaranteed, that they show the country of origin, and that no genetically modified feed is used in the production.
Although a ban of genetically modified feed has not been in place, the use of genetically modified feed for Icelandic sheep is negligible. Sheep farmers have demanded such a ban for quite some time, but it’s not until now that it’s on the horizon.