Soy in feed and GMOs

jolenesdad

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When I jumped on the chicken train, I found the best food I can source locally is a non gmo and soy-free food. Works for me.

However, I used over 1000 pounds of food over the last three months, and, am thinking of scaling up. I don’t even want to mention what I paid for this feed in 50lb bags.

Okay, for discussion I’ll tell you. 29.99. :th

I can almost cut my feed costs in half buying a NON-GMO—but soy containing—feed in bulk.

My question is, in general, is the thought that GMOs are bad, soy is okay if it’s not a GMO?

Are there concerns with meat birds and extra estrogen?

My personal goals are to provide the absolute healthiest food I can for my family through my chicken projects. I’m not so concerned with science if it makes sense and makes me feel better about it.

While I am still saving so much over comparable quality meat at the market.... money talks. And it certainly talks if I wanted to produce to sell.

I’m thinking of switching to the soy-included diet. Anyone have thoughts? reference links to see through the fog of figuring this out?
 

Mak24456

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GMOs are fine and so is soy, my opinion.
Phytoestrogens in soy have been shown to have both health pros and cons, but as with all things moderation is key. I think it would be a stretch to say that some soy in food that you feed your chickens whose meat you sometimes eat as a small-moderate part of your diet will cause harm.
A bigger concern may be the negative environmental effects soy farming has.
You may find this relevant:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3074428/
 
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