Soy and GMO Free Chicken Now Available from POP Acres
P.O.P. Acres Farm and Ranch has available for delivery some 100 chickens that were raised on the farm’s pastures using a feed that was free of soy, and GMO (genetically modified) corn. It marks the first time the time the farm has offered chickens to the public and possibly the only place that soy-free chickens and eggs are available for sale in North Texas.
“We think there will be a good response to our soy-free chickens and eggs,” said Jackie King who, along with her husband Donald, runs the farm. P.O.P. Acres also provides pasture-raised beef.
“After a lot of searching, we were able to find a custom blended feed to keep our chickens healthy and provide our customers with a source of soy-free and GMO-free chickens and eggs,” King said.
Soy in considered to be one of the top eight foods that are responsible for 90 percent of food allergies according to the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, which notes: “Soybeans have become a major part of processed food products in the United States. Avoiding products made with soybeans can be difficult...because they're in so many products, eliminating all those foods can result in an unbalanced diet.”
Although there is some disagreement about the effects of soy in chicken flesh and egg yolks, (take a look at these two sites for opposing viewpoints http://soynutrition.com/ and http://soy.mercola.com ) there is no disagreement that it is present. A study done at Ohio State in 2009 conclusively proved that fact.
King explained that many poultry feeds use soy to provide needed levels of protein. “It took us a while, but we were able to find a local mill that could provide us with non-soy, non-GMO feeds with sufficient protein from plant and fish sources,” she said. “We also wanted to avoid using corn in our feed since nearly all of the corn
used as animal feed has been pollinated by GMO corn. By eliminating the corn, we have eliminated a major source of GMO contamination from the foods we bring to our customers.”
This is the first batch of broilers that the Kings have raised, and so far the results have exceeded their expectations.
“We’ve already sold some chickens and the reports we are getting back have been positive.” http://www.popacres.com/customer-comments.html
“As far as we can tell, no other farmer in north Texas is raising soy-free chicken,” King said. “Even chickens advertised as organic or free range are almost always fed an organic mixture high in soybeans.”
For more information on P.O.P. Acres and to order the farm’s soy-free chicken, visit their website at www.popacres.com.
Recently, www.eatgreendfw.com Brian Cummings wrote about our introduction of soy-free chicken to the DFW marketplace. In it, he describes why we made the move to non-soy and he offers some references that may help a consumer decide what is best for him or her. Please enjoy Brian's article below:
We take turns writing about our experiences on the farm which teach us life lessons and expand our understanding of the universe. Enjoy.