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Are GMO (Genetically Modified) Feeds Safe for Horses?

Are horse feeds made from GMO (genetically modified organism) ingredients less safe to feed horses than those derived from conventional crops?

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By: Shannon Pratt-Phillips, Ph.D. |

A genetically modified organism (GMO) describes an organism that has had its genetic material (DNA that codes for different genes) altered. Genetic engineering results in the alteration of an organism’s DNA via mutations, insertions of genes or by deleting genes. GMOs have played a very important role in science, such as GMO bacteria that can now produce insulin. GMOs have also played a significant role in the food system to improve productivity, such as tomatoes that were altered to delay ripening so they can be harvested and last long enough to get to the grocery stores. Genetic modification is different from selective breeding, where we have sows that are selected to have more piglets, or cows that produce higher amounts of milk. GMO products are notoriously called “frankenfoods,” although research has suggested that these products are perfectly safe. As of 2017, the United States has 75 million hectares planted with…

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