I wonder if there would be less impact to the actual beets due to the fact that the roots are underground and don't get the direct exposure to to the sprays that the other GM crops do. Doesn't change the GM issue though...........
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Post by simplynaturalfarm on Dec 1, 2010 12:48:09 GMT -5
No, not all beets grown are GM, but aaccording to USDA "The USDA approved the growing of genetically modified sugar beets five years ago. Now 95 percent of the nation's beets are grown from genetically modified, Roundup Ready seed from Monsanto." I do believe California banned them last year, but they are allowing them again this year with restrictions and 3 year checks to be sure volunteer plants are destroyed. Becky and Marsha I can completely agree - I had quit doing alfalfa pellets and done beet pulp for a while and then last year my husband was talking about the signs for GMO beets out there in the neighbor's field and I did a "WHAT!" Yes I knew they were the most sprayed crop, but neither I nor my husband had realized they were GMO. So we did our research and stopped using it. Until a month ago when I got two bags and I am too frugal to throw those things away! *G* Which is why I switched to dairy alfalfa at milking and if I need something in the bucket, I use up that beet pulp. Now that they are switching alfalfa to GMO I am not comfortable with buying that, but I am realizing the fellow I get alfalfa from will probably be reseeding it in a couple of years. I have a BIL who raises hay, but every year something odd happens (weird rain, broken equipment, vacations etc) and he never gets his hay out until August and it is garbage. We are actually looking to move out of this area in the next little while as the red river valley has the highest cancer rate of anywhere in the state and the studies put out are saying they are finding residues in people. And one out of every 2 men that come into our vet clinic have a story of prostate or colon cancer (it is one out of 2 in this area!) There are no sloughs, and no trees just north of us now as the land is too valuable to not put into beets. Unfortunately I do believe it is absorbed in the root crop (root tops are very breathable and absorb many things through their tops). So sad, but once again reinforces the need for me to cull for hardy grass girls. WHich is why unfortunately I can't do purebred dairy breeds because regardless of their bloodline or how I raise them, they have been bred for production with good inputs. And while in a milder climate I could do it with top quality forages, here where we have winter upon us in November until beginning of April (with temps down to -40 for a month at a time), unless I'm willing to only milk 4-5 months a year I need something a tad hardier. My BIL only milks from May to October with his Jerseys but I can't justify the high inputs all winter for only 5 months a year of milk, plus the need for good barns all winter with his thin coated girls. His home raised heifers have much better coats, but they still eat a lot more to keep them going in the winter. Forgive my rambling. Heather
I'm with Becky, I soak mine too. If you have horses soaked beet pulp in the fall is a great way to hydrate them when the water starts getting cold and they decrease their water consumption. In my experience it's a great colic deterrent. For the cows I soak it too, i just cannot imagine something that absorbent being good for their gut. To get them used to it (horses and cows) i just put some sweet grain on top. Once they get a taste for it, they love it. And it's great for hiding the taste of medicine etc.
I have posted this before, but here is a really funny story about beet pulp and a squirrel:
About GM sugar beets... just saw on another blog that there will be a sugar beet shortage to make sugar due to the fact that the gov. has said no to GM sugar beets. If the 95% quote is accurate then it'll take while to get the production back up. But the good news is that we won that one. Now I'm hearing that alfalfa is next on the no GMO list.
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