Thursday, December 2, 2010
The Realities of GMO grains
I want to take a moment to discuss the realities of GMO grains. Small grains have not been genetically modified at this point except for wheat, which is not approved yet for commercial usage. All of the oats, barley, wheat, millet and sorghum that we feed our animals is from non-GMO seed. Virtually all of the corn a...nd soybeans grown in the US are genetically modified because that is the seed available. Everyone needs to understand the complexity of the GMO issue. If you plant a non-GMO variety in your field and the farmer next to you or nearby plants a GMO variety it is highly likely that your field will be contaminated by pollen from their plants. Even honey is considered to be suspect for GMO's because of the bees being a source for cross-pollination. We all wish that there were better options at this point but unless one has fields that are completely isolated by trees and they test for contamination it is hard to offer 100% assurity of non-GMO fed animals.