Alfalfa Seed and Crop Information
(Alfalfa information doesn’t include nutritional values.)
Common Name: Alfalfa
Comes in seeds, sprouted, or grown to maturity.
Scientific Name: Medicago sativa L.
Type of plant: Perennial
Family: Pea Family. Yes, Alfalfa is a legume with clover-like leaves and a bluish tinted flower.
Origin: Alfalfa originated in south-central Asia,
Grown: Throughout the world.
Uses: The alfalfa seeds can be sprouted indoors in about three to five days for human and animal consumption. You can add sprouted alfalfa seeds in cold or hot dishes to add flavor, texture, and nutrients.
In the agricultural industry, alfalfa is used for grazing, making hay and silage, used for green manure, and as a cover crop. Alfalfa is also turned into pellets to feed animals year round.
Historical Information: Alfalfa was first cultivated in ancient Iran prior to 490 BC. Alfalfa was unsuccessfully grown during colonial times in the United States. In the 1850’s Alfalfa was imported to California from Chile, which is the beginning of the United States growing alfalfa successfully.
Yes, there are three varieties of a GMO (genetically modified organism) alfalfa.
According to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, as of December 11, 2017, there are three petitions on the books for deregulation.
One Alfalfa GM crop was deregulated in 2011 and the other in 2014. The third Alfalfa GM Crop petition was withdrawn in 2004.
A deregulated status for GM products means that the USDA permits the planting and growing of the GM plant without any restrictions. And the growers, packagers, and distributors do not have to let the consumer know the product contains GMO materials.
Pesticide Usage on Conventionally and Organically Grown Apples:
Conventional agriculture may use any pesticides approved by the government including synthetic pesticides.
All Organic products are NON-GMO, plus organic products follow strict pesticide usage and raising standards
There is no information on the number of pesticides which are used on Alfalfa in the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) PDP (pesticide data program) online.
**Terminology GM (Genetically Modified) and GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) are used interchangeably throughout the site.
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