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GMO Grains and Horse Feed


Martin W. Adams, PhD, PAS – Equine Nutritionist for Southern States

Genetically modified organism or GMO grains have been around for over 25 years and have been a great benefit to crop production in the United States. The major genetic modification to crops including corn, rice, soybeans, wheat, alfalfa and sugar beets has been a genetic resistance to the herbicide known generically as glyphosate. This herbicide is very effective at controlling weeds and allows for more efficient and less expensive production. We all benefit from this technology in lower prices for human foods and animal feeds, including horse feeds.

There have been no scientific studies to show that consumption of GMO grains or food products manufactured from GMO grains or grain product ingredients causes any problems in humans or animals.

The vast majority of grains and other feed ingredients available to Southern States to purchase for use in horse feeds are from GMO grain sources. In fact, 80% to 95% of grains or grain products available for Southern States to purchase are GMO varieties, and there is no requirement to label these products as "GMO" or "non-GMO" grains or ingredients. The vast majority of grains and ingredients available to Southern States for purchase for manufacture into horse feed products would contain a majority of GMO-containing ingredients. There is no inexpensive method for Southern States to differentiate between GMO and non-GMO grains or ingredients. While specific non-GMO grains or ingredients could be purchased, because there are such small amounts available and the cost of production is greater, the cost would be prohibitive to use these products in commercial manufactured horse feeds with the current demand situation.

Southern States takes great care in the manufacture of horse feeds, insuring that our horse feeds are of the highest quality and safety. As new scientific evidence becomes available and new feed regulations come into place, Southern States will remain a leader in adopting these changes to insure the best quality feed products for your horse.


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