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Feb212011

The GMO Fight

ETA:

It appears that we should add an update at the beginning of this post as some comments we receive ask about corn, soy & GMOs in our animal's diets. As stated in other areas of our website we currently do not feed them corn or soy and their feed is GMO free. This post was written in 2011 and since 2013 we have been able to find alternatives to use, including our sprouting greenhouses.

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Today Shayn made a trip to Spanish Fork to pick up some feed for our pigs and chickens. We purchase our grains from a local company, Leeland Milling, and have loved working with them. While there, Shayn spoke with one of the owners and they discussed GMOs in the feed.

I am assuming that most of our customers are aware of GMOs and know what they are. For those of you not familiar with GMOs, or genetially modified organisms, you can find an explanation here.

The feed we have purchased from Leeland Milling has always been free of GMOs. Unfortunately, that has now changed. Leeland is now unable to find corn or soybean that is not free of GMOs. They claim that 90% of those crops are now modified which makes is almost impossible to find "clean" corn or soybean. 

Monsanto also approached them about selling their new GMO alfalfa seed. (Thank you again, USDA.) Leeland refused. (Yea Leeland!)

Shayn talked to the owner about the possibility of growing our own corn. With enough land we could, but aside from locating the space, the problem arises in finding enough seed that isn't modified.

We welcome your suggestions as we try to find an alternate source of feed for our animals. Any tips on where to find non-GMO grains? What would you like us to do? Continue to raise chickens and pigs on the feed we've been buying? The majority of the grains included in the feed are locally grown.

Please educate your family and friends about this topic. It's scary how much control a handful of companies are allowed to have over all of our food. (And should I expect a lawsuit now that I've disagreed with Monsanto? ;)

Reader Comments (16)

One of the primary reasons I seek locally grown natural meat is to avoid GMO. If you were to feed it to your animals, I would almost definitely cross you off my list of suppliers. I don't say this to be rude, by any means ... just providing honest feedback so you can make informed decisions. I already gladly pay a much higher price for the "Good Natural Stuff" ... with the expectation that y'all, as the farmers, figure out how to keep it good and natural. Thanks for doing it thus far - and let's keep our commitment to keep our food natural despite Monsanto's dirty schemes to take over.

February 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeat Lovin' Granola Lady

Thank you for your feedback! We'll definitely be looking into all of our options. In the meantime we plan on raising our animals as clean as we possibly can with the resources we have, with the plan of making some changes in the near future. We're looking at some alternatives right now and talking with other farmers. Our cattle never receive any grains, so no worries there.

We just wanted to be upfront and honest about this with our customers. We welcome any suggestions as we look for an alternate source of feed for our poultry and pigs.

February 21, 2011 | Registered CommenterKristen

Thank you for your honesty. I learned a lot from it about the truth of how things really are. I admire your business and will continue to support you as a customer knowing you are trying to do the right thing. Good luck in your efforts and if there is anything I can do I would love to help!

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Hey Kristen - it's Jodee! Have you looked into having it shipped if there are no suppliers in Utah to meet your requirements?

http://www.hilandnaturals.com/ (this is one I am aware of, maybe huge discounts if they ship you large amounts?)

http://www.buckwheatgrowers.com/products.htm - this is another one....but I don't know about the shipping costs...it may be pretty expensive to do it this way.

I can't find
any utah suppliers! Some small farms mix their own feed from different non-gmo sources...keep us posted! :)

March 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCjzeffer

http://www.dirtworks.net/Seed.html

http://www.non-gmoreport.com/articles/dec08/non-gmo_organic_grain_contracts.php

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVal

Monsanto is notoriously ruthless for sueing farmers who have unintentionally been aflicted with Monsanto pattened products.... Perhaps it is time for farmers and famlies all over to file lawsuits against Monsanto for the hand picked (chemical free) REMOVAL of every GMO infested plant that is infesting organic soil and producing unwanted GMO infested growth... Class action lawsuits, property damage, personal loss and suffering, family farms, small claims for fees required to hand pick and remove Monsanto. The people, farmers, environmentalists, preservationists, adults, children, groups and indiviiduals....It's time to bury the courts in time consuming Monsanto related problems! Flood the system with Monsantos problems and the system will stop allowing Monsanto to destroy organic growth...If the people want it fixed, the people have to fight to fix it. Every GMO grain that is purchased is one more grain for Monsanto.... Stop the maddness. Stop the purchase. Stop the sales. Now let us stand together and bill Monsanto for all the damage and every ounce of clean up.

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTammie Rain

That sounds like a great idea! Stop the madness!

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

I'm really trying to understand the issue here. My husband is a biochemist and worked in genetics at college, I spent some time studying it too. Genetic manipulation of crops and livestock has been going on as long as people have farmed - you even read about it in the old testament. Yes, slowly. Mendel - who discovered genetic selection - did it with peas. I'm really trying to understand why the development of a better grain through genetics is some how bad. Is it that they are cross breading plants? That happens in nature all the time. You can't eat anything that hasn't been genetically manipulated in one way or another.

I understand that the adding things like growth hormones to an animal in excesses of the natural production of an animal would be concerning, but I'm at a loss over genetically modified crops. Many of these modification are life saving, especially in less industrial nations. Disease resistant, drought resistant plants keep the people of the world from starving to death. Corn itself is a recent genetic modification through selection from a type of grass. I'm thinking I'll never see the big deal, but I do think people deserve to know that genetics are not "bad". Genetic manipulation is currently saving my father from cancer.

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLynette

Actually Lynette, GMO products have been linked to many illness in cows AND people. I refuse to eat them, or buy them, or anything that eats them. Inserting ROUND UP and viruses into plants is NOT natural, nor has ever been ...it is not just a cross breeding plants thing. Not all genetics are bad, as a human race many things have been learned and some people have been saved. There are always darkness to go with the light however. The other issue with GMO's is the monoply of the seed industry. As proven here by this farm, it is now becoming harder and harder to find items that are not GMO for those who want them ...and Monsanto the monopolizer is fighting tooth and nail from having to label any products with GMOs. NINTY percent of americans in a poll said they did not want GMO products ....give the people what they want I say. In the meantime, do some research on GMO's and the company Monsanto ...the down fall of bee colonies directly related to this company and practices.. .it is quite eye opening.

May 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSky

I am concerned about GMO products, and truly hope you can find a resource for feeding your pigs and chickens with GMO-free grains. My other concern is that the grains fed, if they are not organically grown, likely have been sprayed with atrazine. This bothers me as much as the GMO aspect because of studies on the effects of atrazine on the endocrine system. The most interesting study was with frogs who, raised in water containing only 1/30th the amount of atrazine deemed "safe" to be in our water supply by the Feds, grew up hermaphroditic. If that small a percentage can significantly alter a frog's body, than it's sure to have some kind of effect in our own bodies when consumed (either by consuming non-organically grown corn, or consuming animals that have been raised on non-organically grown corn). I use the word organic hesitantly because I am now reading "Omnivore's Dilemma" and have lost much of the trust I used to have in that word.

July 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShane

Honestly, I would pay more for chicken, turkey, eggs, etc. knowing the farmer used a non-GMO grain, and decided to use organic grain. Yes, I read your article on organic, and I agree, but given that the options are becoming more and more limited, with the evil schemes of Monsanto, I think the choices are limited. IF you do end up finding a grain seller who sells all natural grain, chances are it wont last until they are infiltrated by GMO. so my 2 cents, use organic, i will pay the difference.

October 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterScott

Have you looked into scratch and peck feed located in Washington? Here is an idea for you; in addition to feed for your own animals, you could sell the feed. There does not seem to be any distributors here in Utah and I would imagine there are many people like me looking for a non GMO feed for small flocks.

November 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary Taylor

Must say that I am with the meAt loving granola gal on the Gmo issue.
So many problems associated with the corn and soy and ultimately worth the efforts
And the costs to find alternatives. Certainly when you factor in the environmental damage
Of monoculture, chemical intensive ag. I too would rather pay a premium
For Gmo free/pesticide free grain! Thanks.

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMiles

I paid nearly double for my organic turkeys from Costco last year, and I will do it again. Thank you for your desires to treat your animals and your customers right by requesting feedback from us! I had blood work done over a year ago, which showed problems linked with GMO food consumption. I still have white arched lines (that are fading) in my toenails from consuming the toxic poisons sprayed on GMO food. Our family went non-GMO completely and have never looked back. Organic food cost more, but I spend less on groceries now every month than I did before, because there's no processed or GMO food in my shopping cart. As I threw out and took back any food products that contained GMO ingredients, I called each company and told them I would not be buying their products until they eliminated the GMO ingredients. I hope you made a decision to feed your farm animals non-GMO feed. Have you considered feeding them other grains like wheat, indian corn, grass, clover, lemon balm, all sorts of greens. This link list some of the things turkeys will eat instead of corn and soy. http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/428541/what-do-turkeys-like-to-eat Please let me know what you decided to feed your turkeys, the brand, and where to buy your turkeys. Thanks for not feeding your cows corn and soy too. Where can I buy your beef? My bottom line best advice--if we all will quit buying GMO food, they will quit buying it and life will be so-o much better! Monsanto already owns organic seed companies too and are collecting on both sides...

August 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Hansen

Please do NOT purchase GMO byproducts. It ruins everything!! Have you contacted Pahvant Growers in Delta Utah (435) 864-2804? Last I spoke with them they use Non-GMO wheat, Oats, Barley and starting in 2015 Corn. I know it's crazy; why is Corn the hardest thing to find as Non-GMO. Whole Foods even sells GMO corn in the produce department and uses it in the Deli! Caution to all who put corn in your mouth - double verify!!

They deliver to your home for a small fee. I use the wheat for sprouting and I get a 99%-100% sprout each use - the stuff is good!

Please stand by your convictions and don't give in. Stop feeding your animals corn if it isn't Non-GMO.

July 15, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Please see the update to our post at the top of the page. As of 2013 we no longer use corn or soy and our animals' diets are GMO free. More information can be found throughout our website or feel free to email us with questions.

Shayn & Kristen | Utah Natural Meat

August 11, 2015 | Registered CommenterKristen

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