We're often asked questions about our animal feed so we started a blog to discuss the issue. Check out the summary below and if you want to read more link to our blog. We love comments so join the conversation on our blog and tell us what you're thinking.
A VERY COMMON QUESTION WE GET THESE DAYS: SINCE YOU ARE A GRASS-BASED, FAMILY FARM CONCERNED ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL AND HEALTH ISSUES, WHY DON’T WE USE NON-GMO GRAIN?
First and foremost, we want to support our local mill and surrounding grain producers.
Second, non-GMO is not always an environmentally responsible option. Not only does non-local carry a greater fossil fuel dependency, many non-GMO grains are grown with a higher quantity or more potent pesticides and herbicides than GMO grain.
Third, non-GMO can be price-prohibitive. The Organic option, which ensures a level of environmentally responsible methods as well as a non-GMO product, is often twice, if not three times, as expensive. Organic grain is not local and some of it is supplied from as far away as China. (story: imported grain) Since non-GMO grain would have to be delivered in bulk, we would have to invest in some serious storage infrastructure, which would not only be a huge upfront cost for us, but would end up sacrificing a significant amount of quality, which would in turn not provide our animals with optimum nutrition. This is due to the simple fact that once grains are milled their nutrition quality quickly deteriorates as it sits around waiting to be used.
Fourth, while the research pointing to negative health aspects of GMO has been slow to gain credible consensus, we are much more convinced of the detrimental aspects of routine antibiotics and non-fish animal by-products in our feed, as well as the positive benefits of outdoor grass-based systems. With this in mind, we are not willing to sacrifice local infrastructure or environmental responsibility while hiking our prices for an issue that is not our top priority.
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