Why Non-GMO?

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One of our key values at Sonny’s Farm is integrity through transparency. We supplement many of our animals’ diets with species-appropriate non-GMO feed as needed. We consciously made this decision because we want to provide our animals with the best nutrition and care.

Non-GMO feed is crafted using natural ingredients, avoiding genetically modified organisms that have been altered in laboratories. By selecting feed that has been grown and processed using this method, we believe we are helping preserve the overall health of our farm animals. We understand that introducing GMO feed into their diets increases the chances of unexpected reactions, allergies, or negative health consequences. Non-GMO feed minimizes such risks, allowing our animals to thrive without the potential adverse effects of genetically engineered ingredients.

We believe that the nutritional value of the feed we select directly impacts the well-being of our farm animals. Non-GMO feed is designed to retain the nutritional integrity of its components. The feed we select contains whole grains —but never soy or corn— vitamins, minerals, and proteins in their natural state, ensuring our animals receive a balanced, species-appropriate diet. In contrast, GMO feed may have undergone genetic modifications that could alter the nutritional composition, potentially leading to deficiencies or imbalances in an animal's diet.

Sonny’s Farm upholds the principles of avoiding the use of hormones and antibiotics, and our non-GMO feed is one important way that we can do this. The use of antibiotics in animal farming has been a concern due to the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Non-GMO feed is often associated with more holistic farming practices that prioritize animal well-being. When animals are provided with a healthier diet, their immune systems can become stronger, reducing the need for antibiotics. This contributes to the overall fight against antibiotic resistance and promotes the long-term health of our farm animals.

By selecting non-GMO feed for our farm animals, we are further upholding our commitment to improving our environment. The production of GMO crops often involves intensive farming practices that rely on synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. These practices can contribute to soil degradation, water pollution, and loss of biodiversity, all of which are contrary to our core values. Opting for non-GMO feed encourages sustainable farming methods that are gentler on the environment, promoting healthier ecosystems for both animals and humans.

From preserving our animals’ health and nutritional integrity to combating antibiotic resistance and reducing environmental impact, the benefits of our choice to feed our animals a non-GMO diet are numerous. By choosing this approach, we not only prioritize the well-being of our animals but also align ourselves with the needs of our customers who have specific dietary restrictions and uphold our promises to preserve the environment.
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