When you have read this article, you might like to start asking your feed merchant for alfalfa that HAS NOT been contaminated by the use of glyphosate.
Your horse’s healthy gut bacteria plays a very important part in your horse being able to digest their food properly. With reduced and unhealthy gut bacteria, you could expect things like increased colic attacks, nutritional deficiencies, diarrhoea and weight loss and even hormone problems like Cushings disease.
Glyphosate, the key ingredient in the weed killer Roundup, according to the research on the links below, has been shown to kill both healthy soil bacteria and healthy animal and human gut bacteria (yes there is such a thing as good bacteria!) – as well as possibly cause DNA damage, infertility, miscarriage, neurological and even birth defects AND is a driver of mutations that lead to cancer. (You can read about the specific research on the mercola.com website below.)
So you can see why I seriously wouldn’t want large amounts of Glyphosate in my horse feed.
GMO alfalfa is genetically modified to be Roundup resistant, so that they can spray Roundup ALL over the crop, however many times they need to, without actually killing the alfalfa – which means they use EVEN MORE Roundup and thus have even more glyphosate contamination, which has the potential to cause even MORE health problems than when they just occasionally sprayed it on the weeds themselves.
Why this warning to check your horse’s alfalfa?
Mercola.com has just reported that Washington State agriculture officials are now testing alfalfa for GMO contamination after a farmer’s hay was rejected for export. His conventional hay tested positive for GE alfalfa.
So it appears that the spread of GMO contaminated alfalfa in the USA has started.
If this story causes you concern for the future of your horse’s feed, then it’s time to start voting with your wallets by specifically asking your feed merchants for horse feed that IS NOT genetically modified to expand the use of Roundup and increase glyphosate contamination.
And quite frankly, with those kind of possible consequences, I’d be doing the same thing for me and my family’s food too.
There’s a chance for us individuals to make a difference in this area, because Washington State will vote on GMO labelling in November.