Isn't it ironic that China would contribute two of the most important agricultural products in the world-the soybean and the chicken? And in all those years, the Chinese never fed their chickens a single soybean- mostly because they're toxic until processed- and chickens don't digest them very well. I'm not one of those people that hems and haws and goes back and forth fretting about what's good and what isn't good for you, though I do take advice. While I personally love all sorts of soybean foods- edamame and tofu are examples- but I don't eat them every single day of the year. Eggs on the other hand, well there's plenty around here- and I know how to cook them. But chickens end up living on soy every single day of their life- all day- consequently their meat and eggs are repositories for everything I don't trust about it. Soy foods can cause deficiencies in calcium and vitamin D. Soy increases levels of estrogen (possibly simulating the growth of related tumors) and decreases levels of testosterone. It has been related to premature sexual development in females, and delayed development in males. Animal studies show soy foods causes infertility in animals. At these farmers' markets- we find the consumer is more and more educated- sometimes woefully misinformed - sometimes alarmingly so- but people want more control of what is going into their families bodies. There's been a big push toward organic chicken feed but an organic preservative for fish meal, a very real requirement for chickens being kept on an organic (read vegetarian) diet, is only just now in development. People want to feel good about the health of their chickens and they should but soybeans and peas are not particularly digestible for chickens, indeed both are probably poor for the long-term health of your flock. Organic soy- free chicken feed is making the rounds but its chock full of peas and one wonders if the people going to all this trouble to provide healthy (organic) food for people are really that naive about the health of the chicken providing that nutrition... It's a conundrum. There's no question about it and one solved by people rearing insects for their chickens- while taking it entirely serious just how many insects the birds must eat every single day 365 days of the year- well at least three quarters of year. I know people that do it. My hat's off to them. This is the very first year since I started Resolve Sustainable Solutions nine years ago, that one irrefutable success can be shouted from the rooftops. We're helping small family farms that sell eggs, differentiate their eggs from all the rest on the market. Not only are their eggs great tasting, and aesthetically pleasing, they're also the only soy free eggs in most farmer's markets. Thanks for all you egg farmers that have given our state of the art supplement a try and stuck with us all this time. When I go to eat an egg from my flock I find myself savoring flavours and aromas that have been lost to me for years-obscured by that all important commodity crop the soybean. Yes this was a bit of fanning on my part but I started thinking about solutions to these problems right here on this forum, long before I had any solutions for those problems, much less realised them through the creation of an animal nutrition company. I guess I'm saying that I'm more than the sum total of my parts. Please don't fault me for wanting to share a small success with the BackYardChickens Forum.