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How do we know our grass-fed beef is GMO free?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created June 24, 2012 at 2:09 PM

I mean, WTH? I had no idea grass, GRASS, was genetically modified. This is so disturbing.

http://www.foodrenegade.com/mutated-gmo-grass-makes-cyanide-kills-cattle-2/

Just when you think you have it all worked out, there's something else to consider. America needs to get it together and ban GMO's. Thoughts?

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on October 03, 2012
at 03:39 PM

My sister & her husband. Grass-fed angus. YUM

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on June 24, 2012
at 05:22 PM

I've heard that once upon a time, journalists were expected to check all the facts in their stories. I suspect that is a myth.

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on June 24, 2012
at 05:20 PM

Matthew, yes, tales of cyanide created by an ordinary grass under severe weather conditions just isn't going to sell many papers.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on June 24, 2012
at 05:18 PM

Ho hum. Yes, apparently bermuda grass will produce cyanide under certain extreme conditions. Bermuda grass is also one of the few grasses that will tolerate the kind of growing conditions in Texas. Bermuda grass has been used for pasture for centuries. It isn't a nefarious plot.

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on June 24, 2012
at 04:21 PM

GMO makes for a better scare story.

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on June 24, 2012
at 03:35 PM

However, it was hybridized with a cyanide producing grass.

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on June 24, 2012
at 03:27 PM

Thanks for responding!

1133603ea602c6824da56e8b596c9754

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on June 24, 2012
at 03:26 PM

I just read the comments section of the blog post I listed and this came up. I haven't had a chance to read all the links yet. Thanks for responding!

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As far as I know, their are no GMO pasture grasses currently available, although Australia and New Zealand both are working on some. A GMO lawn grass was supposed to be introduced in the US this year.

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on June 24, 2012
at 02:39 PM

The grass wasn't GMO. See answers with links below from me and MiMintzer.

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on June 24, 2012
at 02:28 PM

Yeah, good point.

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at 02:26 PM

I sorta know my farmer. I get most of my meat from a co-op in my neighborhood. I have met him. My point was that I didn't even know this was a question I had to ask.

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on June 24, 2012
at 02:29 PM

Original story was bad reporting. Tifton 85 is an ordinary hybridized grass, not GMO. Follow up story here. UGA description of Tifton 85 (Tifton is name for grasses bred by UGA at their Tifton research center) Not nearly as exciting or sensational. GMOs are a problem, but this isn't an example.

More discussion of the problem.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on June 24, 2012
at 02:45 PM

As far as I know, their are no GMO pasture grasses currently available, although Australia and New Zealand both are working on some. A GMO lawn grass was supposed to be introduced in the US this year.

1133603ea602c6824da56e8b596c9754

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on June 24, 2012
at 03:26 PM

I just read the comments section of the blog post I listed and this came up. I haven't had a chance to read all the links yet. Thanks for responding!

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on June 24, 2012
at 05:18 PM

Ho hum. Yes, apparently bermuda grass will produce cyanide under certain extreme conditions. Bermuda grass is also one of the few grasses that will tolerate the kind of growing conditions in Texas. Bermuda grass has been used for pasture for centuries. It isn't a nefarious plot.

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on June 24, 2012
at 03:35 PM

However, it was hybridized with a cyanide producing grass.

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on June 24, 2012
at 02:34 PM

Tifton 85 is a hybrid, not GMO as you will find if you look at the link in this story. Also, see here about cyanide in grasses: http://dairy.osu.edu/resource/feed/Feeding%20Frosted%20Forages.pdf

1133603ea602c6824da56e8b596c9754

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on June 24, 2012
at 03:27 PM

Thanks for responding!

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on June 24, 2012
at 02:15 PM

Three words. Know. Your. Farmer.

35b2cb4d450e5288895c255dfdfff35d

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on June 24, 2012
at 02:28 PM

Yeah, good point.

1133603ea602c6824da56e8b596c9754

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on June 24, 2012
at 02:26 PM

I sorta know my farmer. I get most of my meat from a co-op in my neighborhood. I have met him. My point was that I didn't even know this was a question I had to ask.

C0237fd9e277fcef496d538beda1f35b

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on October 03, 2012
at 03:39 PM

My sister & her husband. Grass-fed angus. YUM

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