Last year we switched to a GMO-free feed for our chickens and pigs. It’s more expensive, but we wanted to be able to offer eggs and pork from animals that had not lived on a GMO diet, and we preferred not to contribute to Monsanto’s profits.
I expected that we might see a drop in production, but the result was just the opposite. The hens laid more eggs and the pigs grew faster on the non-GMO feed. In hindsight, I should not have been surprised.
Last summer (after we’d made the switch) a report came out linking GMO feed to increased rates of stomach inflammation in pigs. The study was controversial of course and its conclusions are hotly disputed by the industry.
But now at least one producer of GMO-free animal feed in the Midwest is reporting that some large confinement hog operations are switching to GMO-free feed to avoid reproductive system problems that they’re linking to the GMO grain.
These days 98% of the GMO soybeans and 40-50% of the GMO corn grown in the U.S. is used as animal feed. With glyphosate-resistant superweeds already rapidly destroying the benefit of GMO seed, a move by the CAFO operators from GMO to non-GMO feed would be a major blow to the GMO industry.
They don’t seem to have any trouble getting it into the feed we humans eat. But if it starts hitting the bottom line in the pig factories, that may cause changes no ballot initiative has yet been able to accomplish.