Soy-Free Chicken Feed
According to Kaayla Daniel, author of The Whole Soy Story, “all soybeans, including organic soybeans, contain naturally occurring antinutrients, toxins and phytoestrogens that have been linked to thyroid damage, reproductive problems, infertility, ADD/ADHD, cognitive decline and a host of other problems, including heart disease and cancer growth.”
If you read labels and ask questions, you’ll find that all major brands of chicken feed—even organic—contain soybeans. What’s more, research has shown that chickens fed soybeans concentrate the soybean phytoestrogens (i.e., the naturally occurring chemicals in the plant that mimic the actions of a hormone called estrogen) in the yolks. This situation is not unlike the process whereby large fish species eat small fish species and eventually end up with high concentrations of PCBs and heavy metals in their flesh.
If “you are what you eat” is true, then it seems true that “you are what your food ate”!
Many people have consciously decreased their poultry consumption in light of the difficulty finding food producers who raise poultry without soy. To fill a clear need in the poultry marketplace, Horse and Buggy Feeds in Winchendon, MA, and Keene, NH, has been working on a soy-free chicken feed for people who don’t want to use a commercial soy-containing feed or make their own soy-free mix. Word has it that Horse and Buggy Feeds also plans to offer soy-free feeds for other animals, like turkeys and pigs. (Source: Judi Letourneau of the Amherst, NH, chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation)