Genetically modified plant materials in feeds for livestock seems weird to me. It also seems suspicious that these materials were considered essentially the same as non GMO materials with virtually no testing.
Well, the word is getting out that animals don’t do as well on these weird feeds. Time will tell, but the GMO monster is out of the box and in the countryside as well as in our animals and us too.
How can the little person, of no consequence to those who control such things, fight back?
Well, you could grow your own. That’s a good first step. Just feed your critters feed stuffs you grow yourself. That makes for a really strong argument for growing mostly grazing animals as you can still find lots of grasses that are not GMO.
Then as a next step, you could buy certified organic feeds. But in many places there is no source for such without lots of shipping costs. Start shipping feeds long distances and you have yourself a totally unsustainable situation.
What about just buying open pollinated or conventional hybrid grains locally? That’s a real possibility. Even the open pollinated grains grown in grain growing areas are likely contaminated with the junk GMO, what with wind born pollen and bees and such. In most cases, it’s hard to even find non-GMO seed available in commercial quantities. So it takes a real rebel at heart to plant conventional hybrids or open pollinated varieties. There are some of those folks out there.
Now it could be that there are some small seed producers that might be a source of some feeds. Around here we have a seed grower that produces seed for game plots mostly. What they often have is some grain harvested from edges of fields. They do that to eliminate the chance of seed being contaminated. They also have the screenings from cleaning seed. It’s partly weeds, but the grain in the screenings is not GMO. So there may be some small numbers of producers of seed that will have the odd kind of feed material that is not mixed with the weird GMO stuff.
What else is there?
Well at least for now, not all feed stuffs are GMO. I guess the more minor crops have not seemed worth the trouble. Oats are still non-GMO. Then you have rye, barley, flax, millet, sunflower seeds as possibilities. Then there are some varieties of peas that can pretty much substitute for soybeans, as can peanuts. These are pricey compared to soy and cotton seed, but not so much when you consider you only need relatively small protein quantities in a complete feed.
Since alfalfa was just recently introduced as a GMO plant, much alfalfa is still not the junk kind, but it will mostly be no good soon surely. What isn’t GMO will get contaminated in time.
You can still make some feed blends yourself that is not GMO with purchased ingredients. It costs a little more and is somewhat of a hassle.
The battle against GMO pollution will cost us. It could be the battle is winnable though.
In my opinion, conventional plant breeding is a very useful endeavor. The GMO stuff on the other hand is just plain weird and maybe a direct assault on humanity.
GMO agriculture is everything but sustainable. It is a way for a few to get rich, but only at the expense of the many.
Fight GMO feeds with your brains and creativity. Say “No” to GMO.