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Are GMOs In Your Bird Feed?
January 18, 2016

I'm a bit under the weather these past couple of days.

If I seem more confused, or read like I'm not here.

Well,I'm not all here.

You know how it goes, Achy all over.

My aches have aches.

Dizziness, light headed with chills that come and go.

Karen experienced the same flu type symptoms last weekend.

What do you do when you're cute and you know it?

Show off?

Pose for the moment?

Yes, Snickers seems to do that a lot.

With winter, I would rather have the cold and snow.

For one thing, the snow brightens up a dull landscape.

Especially on the many cloudy days we experience here in West Michigan.

Day, after day, after day, of clouds are a draw of the Great Lakes.

The snow is also needed as an insulator for your garden plants.

I have lost countless perennials over the years when we lacked snow cover.

The cold and snow also brings in the songbirds to the yard and feeders.

With all the GMO talk, I thought we could take a look see into what we are really feeding our birds.


Corn and grains (like wheat), Rapeseed/Canola, Soybean, Cotton are all Genetically Engineered (GE), at an average rate of 90% plus a year.

Other crops like Papaya, Squash, and Potatoes at 13% and growing.

Start adding tomatoes and a few other veggie crops to this list, not to mention many of our flowers and plants for pollinators.

Until our voices are heard, this will continue.

I might say thank you to Campbell's for stepping up this past week.

(Better late than never.)

Dairy and Meat It is estimated that more than 70% of the cheeses on the market are made with a GE enzyme,

Meat is commonly derived from animals fed a mixture of GE and non-GE plant feed

Unless the beef suit you offer or render is organic, it has been fed GE, or GMO food (corn, etc.)

I digress.

With so much talk and research being done on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), I though it would be only fitting to see what we are feeding are feathered friends.

You are, or should be very cognizant about GMOs, the ongoing battle for food labeling and the increased research that shows the harm the Genetically Engineered (GE or GMO), plant and animal life causes.

There must be something going on with sunflowers, safflower and other seed.


Here is what I was able to find on GMOs and what we feed our avian friends.

What Seeds Used in Wild Bird Feeding Might Be Genetically Engineered?

According to information from Cornell University and other sources, the possibility of genetic engineering in the seeds most attractive to wild birds in North America is:

Black Oil Sunflower: No genetic engineering program, no modified seed available.

Nyjer: No genetic engineering program, no modified seed available.

Peanuts: No genetic engineering program, no modified seed available.

Millet: No genetic engineering program, no modified seed available.

Striped Sunflower: No genetic engineering program, no modified seed available.

Corn, on the cob, whole and cracked: Seed from GMO varieties readily available.

Milo: No genetic engineering program, no modified seed available.

As you see, from my research ( I recommend you search too), other than corn and some grains, what you and i are feeding our wild friends is quite safe.

If I'm up to snuff the next few days, I will let you know why many of these plants haven't been modified just yet,

Well, it is time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.

God Bless.

The greatest moment in history was not when man walked on the moon, but when God walked on Earth.

Peter Larson

It happened like this.

"In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God".

"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son,
who came from the Father,
full of grace and truth".

John 1:1 and John 1 :14

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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Gardening For Wildlife.

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