A new scientific report says that food products made from livestock that eat biotech crops do not present a risk to consumers. These are the findings of a three-member task force of the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

''Meat, milk and eggs produced by farm animals fed biotechnology-derived crops are as wholesome, safe and nutritious as similar products produced by animals fed conventional crops,'' says John M. Bonner, CAST's executive vice president.

CAST brings together agriculture experts from around the world to assemble, interpret and communicate scientific information and gets funding from its members, which include biotech companies.

The issue paper is part of a series on animal agriculture's future through biotechnology. Richard H. Phipps, chairman of the task force that wrote the paper, says production of biotech crops, including corn, soybean, canola and cotton, has increased dramatically during the last decade, and that biotech crops ''are an important feedstuff in livestock production systems.''     

The task force reviewed regulatory assessments on genetically modified crops, looked at results of feeding studies in farm animals and examined what happens when animals consume various proteins and DNA, among other areas. The majority of the information it reviewed was from the late 1990s through last year.

To learn more about the CAST report, go to; http://www.cast-science.org/cast/src/cast_top.htm

CAST news release, Associated Press