I do NOT grow GMO crops. I will not feed my animals GMO frankencrops.
I do not want it in my farm's food chain. I do not want it in my soil. I do not want my farmland contaminated and permanently damaged. I do not want it in my body or in the food I eat.
It is becoming increasingly difficult to find grains that have not been grown/ produced as GMO crops:
Corn: Not unless it's CERTIFIED organic.
Soy: Not unless it's CERTIFIED organic.
Genetically modified (GM) plants now include soy, corn, cotton, canola, and sugar beets.
I found an advertisement for weed-free hay published in the Back Country Horseman's newsletter. I went to the web site and learned that the grower achieved his weed-free planting because he sprayed herbicides on his fields. I want to know that my animals are not eating pesticides, herbicides and other -cides.
Furthermore, "Monsanto’s Roundup Ready resistant superweeds have already spread to at least 10 species of weeds and have infested millions of acres in 22 U.S. states since 2000".4 So, I decided I had to grow hay I knew I could trust. No -cides. No GMO genes.
Alfalfa is on the GMO hit list.
The following is an excerpt from the Blog, Monsanto's Roundup Triggers Over 40 Plant Diseases and Endangers Human and Animal Health:
"Roundup Ready crops dominate US livestock feed. Soy and corn are most prevalent—93% of US soy and nearly 70% of corn are Roundup Ready. Animals are also fed derivatives of the other three Roundup Ready crops: canola, sugar beets, and cottonseed. Nutrient loss from glyphosate can therefore be severe.
"This is especially true for manganese (Mn), which is not only chelated by glyphosate, but also reduced in Roundup Ready plants (see photo). One veterinarian finds low manganese in every livestock liver he measures. Another vet sent the liver of a stillborn calf out for testing. The lab report stated: No Detectible Levels of Manganese—in spite of the fact that the mineral was in adequate concentrations in his region. When that vet started adding manganese to the feed of a herd, disease rates dropped from a staggering 20% to less than ½%.
"Veterinarians who started their practice after GMOs were introduced in 1996 might assume that many chronic or acute animal disorders are common and to be expected. But several older vets have stated flat out that animals have gotten much sicker since GMOs came on the scene. And when they switch livestock from GMO to non-GMO feed, the improvement in health is dramatic. Unfortunately, no one is tracking this, nor is anyone looking at the impacts of consuming milk and meat from GM-fed animals."
The plant's lack of ability to take up minerals means the minerals are absent from our food. We need minerals.
"Alzheimer’s, for example, is linked with reduced copper and magnesium. Don Huber points out that this disease has jumped 9000% since 1990."
GMO organisms are considered experimental. Yet there is enough evidence to convince thinking people that the permanent damage to genes is NOT worth a continued effort in this direction.
Those of us who do not wish to produce crops contaminated with GMO genes have no rights. Our crops are contaminated by GMO growers and Monsanto sues us! AND MONSANTO WINS!
There is something radically wrong with this system.
Please join me in our concerted effort to fight our government to forbid GMO alfalfa from entering our food chain.