The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved a new system for growing fodder in the U.K., allowing farmers to grow enough feed for their livestock for a year without using toxic chemicals.
The FDA also approved a system that can be used for fodder in Japan, but it is only a partial solution.
The new system, which can be fitted to existing livestock feed tanks, is designed to take into account the amount of water needed for the crop and the size of the tank, the FDA said.
It can also adjust the amount the animal needs to drink.
The system was designed to help livestock farmers who want to avoid chemicals and grow their own food without using chemicals.
The Food and Drugs Administration has already approved a similar system for dairy farmers.
“The potential of the technology is huge,” said Michael Tormey, an expert on food and nutrition who studies the use and environmental impacts of biofuels and is director of the Center for Food and Water Policy at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
“It can be scaled up to meet the growing demand for food.”
Farmers would then use a small amount of feed to supplement their animal’s normal diet, which is typically based on hay, feed, grass, water, and a combination of nutrients, the USDA said.
The USDA said that the system will take into consideration the amount and the type of feed the animal requires, the size and shape of the feed tank, and the amount used.
The system will also adjust feed to the animal’s needs based on the amount available, according to the FDA.
The system is designed for use with livestock feed, so it can be fed to animals that cannot consume their own feed, such as dairy cows, pigs, or horses.
The agency did not specify how many animals could be used in the system, but the FDA expects to see more applications for the system as it grows.
In an emailed statement, the Department of Agriculture said the system is a small step in addressing the growing need for feed and feed efficiency in the United States.
The USDA will continue to assess and evaluate the potential of biofuel feed in the environment, the agency said.
(Reporting by Lisa Lambert; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)