Scientific research is now showing that soya is not the nutritional magic potion of the 21st Century that we all once thought it was.
For starters, it's GM and heavily sprayed with pesticides, and, as at 2013/14 when I wrote the original of this page, 91% of soya grown in the US alone was GM, with 80% of the GM crop sprayed with Roundup so crop production could be improved by killing the weeds.
Unlike the Asian culture, where people eat small amounts of non-GM fermented soya bean products, western food companies separate the un-fermented soya bean into two golden commodities - protein and oil. And here’s apparently where the problem lies.
Studies show that consuming un-fermented soya is linked to digestive distress, immune-system breakdown, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline, reproductive disorders, infertility, cancer and heart disease. So says Dr. Kaayla Daniel, author of ‘The Whole Soya Story’.
Here’s another huge fact and related to our horses – a staggering 80% of the world’s soya is apparently grown for farm animal feed, which just for the record is also why soya production is contributing to deforestation (we've all seen the desperately sad travesty that is the orangutan natural habitat displacement in order to clear continent-sized tracts of land to grow soya).
So, as well as the fact that soya is both GM, soaked in chemicals, and continues to make thousands of orangutans homeless, here are some more interesting facts as to why I’d rather not feed it to my horses:
Beggars belief I know. For so many reasons. So let's go back to the beginning, way before the mass-production of processed feedbags which have done nothing but make our horses sicker, and remind ourselves of what we should actually be feeding our horses.
What we feed has to be right