You are probably as concerned about the continuing release of GMO crops as I am. Where will it end? Not only will our food supply be tainted, we run the risk of losing the diversity of many varieties of each of the crops they “improve”. What impact will this creepy food have on honey bees, birds and other wildlife? Will Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” become a reality?
Limit Our Meat Consumption
My uppermost concern is my own food because that is within my control to protect. The ultimate goal is to raise as much feed as possible on our land. Because our land is poor, we must resolve to consume less meat so we have to raise fewer animals. We will be eating a lot more casseroles, soups and stews and fewer roasts and chops. As traditional Catholics, we don’t eat meat on Friday and will probably include another meatless day in the week. I need to know exactly on how many animals we will raise each year.
Avoiding GMOs will have an impact on which breeds of animals we select. No more big, commercial hogs, sheep or chickens. We need to seek out the more primitive, less industrialized breeds that will do well on a diet that is free of alfalfa, corn and soy. The other alternative is to find suppliers of non-GMO feed. The few sources I checked were out of my price range.
I had kept some of my larger sheep so if the Shetland x Blue Faced Leicester experiment was a flop, I could resume prior practices. Sadly, I will not be keeping them and probably not the replacement ewes. They really need alfalfa or grain supplementation to thrive. We may end up raising Shetlands because of their ability to thrive on grass hay alone. They are also better suited to our poor pasture land. Less hay will be purchased because they are easy keepers.The microscopic lamb chops will not be a disappointment since we aren’t eating chops any longer.
No more Cornish X Frankenbirds. They have been selected to consume vast quantities of food and to not move around much. We’ve settled on the more primitive, less spoiled Buckeye chicken because of their ability to thrive on a pasture based system. They will be fed whole grains and no soy or corn. The protein will come from field peas, insects and rodents.
Each year we buy a few feeder pigs that are crosses of industrialized breeds. They grow well on standard hog food that contains corn and soy. I’m not sure how they would do on pasture and an alternative ration. In our search for a pasture breed, we are looking closely at American Guinea Hogs and Asian Heirloom Hogs aka Pot Bellied Pigs. They are small breeds that do well on pasture and hay. The small size makes them easier to manage, they eat less feed and don’t root as deeply. Of course they need food in addition to grass, but corn makes them too fat. Once again, field peas can supply the protein.
Are you as concerned about the GMO trend as I am? What practices will you be implementing to avoid GMOs and conserve diversity in crops and animals?
The Gmo Trilogy And Seeds of Deception Set by Jeffrey M. Smith
The World According to Monsanto by Marie-Monique Robin