GMO Free Feed
The feed we use and sell is verified as GMO Free via the Non-GMO Project.
What is a GMO?
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering. This creates combinations of plant, animal, bacteria, and virus genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.
High Risk Crops & Ingrediants - Testable High Risk Crops
One of the elements that sets the Non-GMO Project Standard apart from other non-GMO claims is the requirement to test major high-risk inputs and ingredients to Verified products when testing is available to quantify GMO contamination.
An input or ingredient can be classified as high-risk if it is derived from, contains derivatives of, or is produced through a process involving organisms that are known to be genetically modified and widely commercially available. The following crops, inputs, and ingredients are considered “testable” high-risk:
Alfalfa, Canola, Corn (except popcorn), Cotton, Papaya, Soy, Sugar beet, Zucchini/Yellow summer squash
Animal Derivatives: Meat, Eggs, Milk, Products of Apiculture (e.g., Honey), Products of Aquaculture (e.g., Fish), Gelatin, Hides and Skin
To meet the requirements of the Non-GMO Project Standard, an input or ingredient derived from a testable major high-risk crop will need test results from the raw source material to prove that it is non-GMO. For example, in order to prove that soy lecithin meets the standard, the raw soy must be tested before it is processed into lecithin.
Animal derivatives such as meat, eggs, milk, and honey are considered high-risk inputs due to the prevalence of GMOs in animal feed. As such, animal derivatives are evaluated by reviewing the animals’ feed, and more specifically, by testing the testable major high-risk inputs to that feed. Cloned animals and their progeny are considered GMOs under the Standard, and are prohibited for use in Verified products.
Not all GMOs on the market are detectable by current tests. In recognition of the potential for non-testable GMOs to contaminate the non-GMO supply chain, the Non-GMO Project Standard requires declarations for major and minor high-risk crops, inputs, and ingredients attesting that they have not been genetically modified.