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, on a cheerier note, the next page is a selection of what I'm happy to feed to my own horses and am happy to recommend, based on my own personal, and very frustrating experience of having gone through the mill and back, trying to find the right solutions over the years to get it right for my horses.
NB. Can I just add here that the next page doesn't mean these are the only feeds I'd feed that are out there. There may be many other independent growers and producers who aim for as organic and clean feeds/chops as possible; it could be that I've either tried and declined, or that I've simply not heard of them, so there's no intention here to specifically exclude any feeds here. My preferences are simply my own personal feed choices and recommendations, which have proven to work well for my own horses' health.
Clean feeds I’d recommend