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Chemical Free feed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Country Parson, Jan 5, 2011.

  1. Country Parson

    Country Parson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not trying to start a debate on the pros/cons of GMO food. For myself, I have no real problem with GMO in theory. I'm more concerned about the use of pesticides and other chemicals (both in the field & in processing).

    It seems Organic food is purely non-GMO. This seems to be one of the reasons Organic feed is so high. Is there a source of food that is pesticide/chemical free, though uses GMO?
     
  2. Cargo

    Cargo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good question.
     
  3. Organics North

    Organics North Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not labeled so to my knowledge.

    I would suggest making some relationships with local smaller scale farmers where you can talk to the source directly to see what their practices are. Also research the typical practices for different grains, things such as wheat and oats generally do not need pesticides, so the only chemicals they would be grown with is chemical fertilizers... If you do not like chemical fertilizers, then organic is your best route. Otherwise select crops that do not need much herbicide or pesticide treatments... Alfalfa is another good one..

    ON
     
  4. joeyg4583

    joeyg4583 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Usually food is genetically modified for two reasons 1. To make it resistant to round up or other pesticides and/or herbicides or 2. To make it actually grow with pesticides in it. Because chemical use has been the main reason crops have been genetically modified I believe it is unlikely you will find a chemical free source of genetically modified crops. I hope that helps [​IMG]
     
  5. Nat123

    Nat123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My husband told me about the medicated feed and asked if we have it here also. I asked the poultry shop about it and they told me that they don't sell those, at least not in Medan where I live. So I can say that the feed I have been feeding to my chicken isn't medicated. Oh by the way Medan is in Indonesia [​IMG]
     
  6. PaulaJoAnne

    PaulaJoAnne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No. The only reason its GMO is so that pesticides can be used without killing the plant.
    Double whammy [​IMG]
     
  7. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Quote:Pesticides don't harm plants. [​IMG]

    GMOs aren't harmed by herbicides

    Quote:Depending on the year and what weeds are an issue herbicides sometimes are used on wheat.

    Can't speak for other areas, but here pesticides are often used on alfalfa.
     
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  8. PaulaJoAnne

    PaulaJoAnne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Pesticides don't harm plants. [​IMG]

    GMOs aren't harmed by herbicides

    Quote:Depending on the year and what weeds are an issue herbicides sometimes are used on wheat.

    Can't speak for other areas, but here pesticides are often used on alfalfa.

    Katy! I never said they harm the plant [​IMG]
    And I beg pardon for the wrong term...
     
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  9. mbundy

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    Quote:I would imagine that the crop losses would be higher in 'chemical free' fields and those losses would be reflected by higher feed prices...
     
  10. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Quote:Pesticides don't harm plants. [​IMG]

    GMOs aren't harmed by herbicides

    Quote:Depending on the year and what weeds are an issue herbicides sometimes are used on wheat.

    Can't speak for other areas, but here pesticides are often used on alfalfa.

    Katy! I never said they harm the plant [​IMG]
    And I beg pardon for the wrong term...

    Oh but you did...you said
    The only reason its GMO is so that pesticides can be used without killing the plant.

    It doesn't matter whether a plant is a GMO or not a pesticide won't harm it....a pesticide kills bugs, not plants.​
     

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