Switch to non-GMO last 4 weeks of life?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Sandrachx, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. Sandrachx

    Sandrachx Chillin' With My Peeps

    257
    1
    144
    Oct 16, 2007
    Chelsea, MI
    i will be switching to non-GMO feed for the last 4 weeks of my freedom ranger's stay on my farm. how would that affect the meat? how would it affect the birds? i'm more inclined to go non-GMO in the future, since it seems it's a bigger issue to people in my geographic area. thoughts? advice?
     
  2. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

    8,792
    35
    308
    Jan 1, 2008
    WestCentralWisconsin
    I have read a few articles that said animals that eat GMOs have residual(parts of the GMO dna) in their muscles (meat). I could link to these if you want to read them.
     
  3. Island Roo

    Island Roo Chillin' With My Peeps

    465
    31
    128
    Feb 14, 2012
    Duncan, BC
    I've noticed that the GMO feed here smells better than conventional - more like it came from a farm not a factory. That is probably due more to freshness and the fact that it is not processed in huge quantities. Still, it would not surprise me to find the non gmo smells and tastes better and that the flavour is reflected in the meat and birds... and eggs.

    As the previous post suggests there are also health concerns with gmo.

    I also noticed that our local market has a growing demand for non-gmo and organic products. I made the switch for health reasons - first to non-gmo then to organic. My customers are happy to pay the additional cost (really) and I feel better about what I'm feeding my family. My customers are thrilled by the taste but again many variables - I'm convinced that the fermented feed has a role in that.

    A couple of year ago I would have ridiculed myself for what I'm talking about [​IMG]
     
  4. Sandrachx

    Sandrachx Chillin' With My Peeps

    257
    1
    144
    Oct 16, 2007
    Chelsea, MI
    i'd like to read the articles, thank you. even though i'd be switching half way through the game, i'm thinking it would still be better than continuing another 4 weeks of grower feed (which i've read has the "supplements" to prevent cocci). it all gets pretty confusing trying to sort feed issues out, so we may continue to raise cornishX next year and use the non-GMO feed. balance $$ of feed with ## of weeks (?).
     
  5. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

    8,792
    35
    308
    Jan 1, 2008
    WestCentralWisconsin
    OK I am looking at the web site now. :)
     
  6. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

    8,792
    35
    308
    Jan 1, 2008
    WestCentralWisconsin
    http://www.organicconsumers.org/gelink.cfm This is the Organic Consumers Association's genetically engineered page This site is very saturated with articles. I am trying to look these specific tests up on here but it may take a while. Anyway I thought you may like to read some of this.


    (o I remember one other tidbit~ they said that even the animals that were close enough to breath the grain dust of GMOs also showed this in their muscles~and the control group that was no where near the GMOs did not have any show up in their muscles)


    http://www.organicconsumers.org/ge/gehazards.cfm This is not the one I read but is informative to a point also
     
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2012
  7. Island Roo

    Island Roo Chillin' With My Peeps

    465
    31
    128
    Feb 14, 2012
    Duncan, BC
    Here's a movie that discusses the hazards of GMO.
    It looks like you have to pay to view it now. I saw most of it when it as on for free last month and it's very compelling. I'm not trying to promote it but there is a trailer to view here if you're interested:
    http://geneticroulettemovie.com/
     
  8. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

    8,792
    35
    308
    Jan 1, 2008
    WestCentralWisconsin
    Hm I'd like to see it.

    I think I read that it does diminish after they stop eating it but do not know how long or how much.
     
  9. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    5,545
    224
    288
    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    The site linked to is totally biased, and full of misinformation.

    They are just pushing organics for money

    To truly research a topic, and find the TRUTH, you can't use a source who has already decided the outcome of their "studies" , or that has an agenda
     
  10. SmokinChick

    SmokinChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    411
    10
    123
    Apr 27, 2011
    Kingsville, MD
    it wont affect the meat and the birds wont care. Do what you want. How long does it take the GMO dna to leave the muscle tissue?
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by