I get a weekly e-mail from a local farmer; usually these e-mails are short and often funny. This week he talked about using GMO corn and soy in his pig and chicken feed. He writes that he gets his feed ground locally (that’s good) and that he’s asked the mill owners for non GMO corn and soy but that it’s not available. He admits that use of chemical weed control is detrimental to the nutritional value of the plants and the soil and that the European Union has banned GMOs from being imported. He says that his current grain mixture produces pork with amazing taste and texture. But what about nutrition? What about the potential dangers of eating meat from animals fed GMO grain? Further, he says that they could get non-GMO feed, but it would raise their costs by 40 percent and that they’d have to go to South Carolina to get the grain which would take business away from their community. So he made the informed decision to keep GMO corn and soy in the feed they feed to their pigs and chickens.
I feel his pain, I really do. We just got a large bale of alfalfa hay (which may now be from GMO sources, I don’t know and that’s something I need to address) and it was $125; we are going to pick up another one on Saturday. Alfalfa hay is necessary to feed to our dairy animals. I do feed organic alfalfa pellets, but I was just told those prices went up. It seems to me, however, if the above farmer, who says he buys a ton of grain every 1o days took his business elsewhere, the mill owners would be a little quicker to source non-GMO grain. The more people, farmers, the public, etc. stood up and said NO to GMO, then change would happen a lot quicker. Instead, so many people take the easy route out and continue to buy GMO grain because it’s easier and cheaper. That makes them not much different from factory farms where they are in the business of raising animals as quickly and as inexpensively as they can.
What about raising pigs only during the growing season where you could feed them lots of fresh vegetables? There’s plenty of dairies in the area who have excess whey and that’s a great thing to feed to both pigs and chickens to take care of their protein requirements. If you raise animals non-seasonally, then you put yourself at the mercy of GMO grain products.
I’ve been in the process of saying NO for quite a while now. Granted, I’m small, really small, but like I said, if more people said NO change would happen a lot quicker.
Until later …