Poultry producers are also concerned that soy is a common GMO food. It could have been genetically modified to be resistant so herbicide. Even if soy in feeds helps in accelerating the growth of the chickens, a sizable part of the population tends to suffer from Vitamin E and iron deficiencies. Some also suffer from the adverse effects of manganese, which depletes their and thus increases the death rates in poultry farms.
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Soy contains plant-based estrogens called isoflavones, and these come out in the fat and yolks of soy-fed animals. These estrogens are feminizing, cause hormone disruption and also disrupt thyroid function.
Going soy-free could encourage farmers to wean themselves from government subsidy and find their own poultry feed supplier. Thirty percent of poultry feeds are composed of soy and finding a replacement could be costly.
Despite this, a healthy and ethical way to raise chickens is to pasture them. Raising them to be exclusively grass-fed is possible but not enough. Healthy chickens can also be fed oats, dried alfalfa, and corn. Raising them in a pasture also gives them access to worms and insects that are their natural food. With the right alternatives, it’s possible to completely replace soy with better ingredients that would guarantee the right amount of nutrition for facilitating normal poultry growth.
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Geoffrey Morell co-founded the Weston A. Price Foundation back in 1999, a nonprofit organization that specializes in researches for better meat and dairy products. In 2009, he acquired a 95-acre property and turned it into a farm that raises pasture-fed livestock and organically grown species. P.A. Bowen Farmstead provides the community with naturally grown and pasture-fed livestock and poultry products. For more information about Geoffrey’s projects, visit this page.