Recently I stopped by a feed store that I do not normally frequent and bought a 50 lb bag of alfalfa pellets. I failed to look at the bag when the man put it in the truck, and just assumed that it was the same brand that I had already verified to be GMO-Free. It was not. And then it began…
Not wanting to feed GMO to my critters, I began calling everyone I could think of and finally got to the bottom of whether or not I had inadvertently supported Monsanto et al or not.
I called the feed company, posted a message on their Facebook page, got the number of the manager of the manufacturing elevator that processes the hay into pellets, because that is where the list of growers is located, and found that each and every grower is going through GMO-Free verification.
A good day, indeed. Not only did I not support Monsanto, but raised awareness that customers want GMO-Free alfalfa, and not pesticide-soaked garbage that has been genetically engineered in a lab. Score a hit for the good guys.
You see, alfalfa is notoriously pesticide-free. The root mass is so thick that weeds simply have a hard time growing in it, so it doesn’t need to be sprayed. That is, unless you buy Round-up Ready alfalfa, in which case it is soaked with pesticides just like every other GMO crop, as well as genetically engineered in a lab.
Way to go, Monsanto! Take a naturally pesticide-free crop and turn it into a cash cow for the Glyphosate industry, all with a bit of PR hocus pocus and outright lies. Any farmer who actually buys Round-up Ready alfalfa is either ignorant or brainwashed or working for the GMO crowd. Period.
So, if you are in Oregon and want good quality GMO-Free alfalfa pellets, the Grange Co-op is your store.
I know that it takes time to call around and ask questions, but in my opinion, that is what we need to do. Stores will stock what customers demand. If we demand GMO-Free feed, then they will stock GMO-Free feed. If we just plop whatever into our trucks and don’t ask what it is we are buying, we will get what we deserve – anything that they want to give us. It is up to us to be the change we want to see. Make sure that what you are getting is GMO-Free. Do the research, demand change, and follow through. We can do it, one customer at a time.
©2014 Barbara H. Peterson