Decline of Milk Quality From Use of GE Feed

Interesting insight on declining milk quality from an article aimed at farmers and appearing in the publication ‘Wisconsin State Farmer.’
Longtime livestock nutrition consultant Dieter Harle has been questioning the impact of GE feed on dairy cow health for twenty years. He notes a recognized decline in today’s nonorganic milk quality and wonders if the cause is due to modern – that is, GE – feed, creating a decline in nutrient density and vitamin availability. His questioning has caused him to receive a cold shoulder from some former colleagues. Jim

“Those observations, along with Harle’s other experiences, have led him to seriously question the growing of genetically-modified crops such as corn and soybeans in the past 20 years and the widespread use of glyphosate herbicide to control weeds on farms and in other settings…

“But that doesn’t satisfy Harle, who’s in business as the Bettendorf, IA based Best Options Inc., which he founded in 1999. He’s not sure of the answers but he’s convinced that ‘there is something going on to affect the nutrition of dairy cows’ which in turn affects the milk they produce and how that milk is possibly responsible for ‘the fewer or no holes’ in Swiss cheese…

“Harle pointed out that his camp for similar thinking and concerns includes emeritus or recently retired professors from Missouri, Iowa, and Purdue universities along with several contacts in his native Germany. The best known in this group is Don Huber, an emeritus professor of plant pathology at Purdue. In Germany, his main contact is veterinarian and professor emeritus Monika Krueger of the University of Leipzig…

“Drawing mainly on Don Huber’s observations and arguments, Harle indicated that glyphosate is a chelating agent which in effect causes a binding of essential amino acids (protein suppliers), thereby displacing the nutrients and making them less available to cows. If this were not the case, Harle believes it would not be necessary for the common practice of supplementing dairy rations with four to five additives to address cow health, production, and longevity.”

http://www.wisfarmer.com/story/news/2017/04/03/farm-consultant-concerned-over-gmos-use-glyphosate/100010626/