Overall health plays a role in our pet’s well-being. As a trainer, I frequently talk to my clients about their dog's nutrition and diet. Why would a trainer care what a pet eats? Because some behavioral issues can stem from a dog not feeling their best.
What does this have to do with GMO? What is GMO?
In the 1980's Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) or Genetically Engineered (GE) seeds (i.e. corn and soy) were introduced to our food. These genetically-altered seeds replaced healthy nutrients to produce crops that grow quicker, resist pesticides, and remain fresh longer. Sadly, little research has been done into the long-term aspect of GMO food and the effects it will have on our food and health.
An article written in The Bark, called "GMO - Against the Grain" states that "the Institute for Responsible Technology warns that nearly all GM crops are described as pesticide plants, and tolerate doses of weed killer, like Roundup and an insecticide called Bt-toxin. These are found inside GMO corn and soybeans we consume."
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates these food products, claiming that they are safe. However they don't allow labeling on our food to alert us when it is a GMO/GE product. An article in The World's Healthiest Foods states "Unfortunately, no mandatory labeling laws for GMO/GE foods exist in the United States, even though England, France, Germany, New Zealand, Switzerland, China, Indonesia, and over 25 other countries require labeling of GMO/GE foods." These crops produce food that contain pesticides and weed killer! How scary is that?
Should I really be scared in regards to what I am feeding my dog?
YES! The main ingredients in commercial dog food are corn or soy. These ingredients come from a majority of crops that are GMO produced, and our pets' digestive systems are NOT equipped to break down these toxins. These contaminants are showing to cause allergies, GI problems, increased cancer issues, inflammation, and so much more.
Commercial pet food is cooked at high temperatures, which are known to alter the ingredients even further, increasing the risk of higher allergenic issues on top of the added GMO ingredients. This spells disaster for our pets' immune system. Even the protein (meat) that is in the food, if the animals are not fed organic grains, is also GMO laden.
What can I do?
Consider what you are feeding your pet; their food may be contributing to their health issues. Here are some proactive options:
- Switch your pet's food to an organic, GRAIN-FREE, or GMO-FREE food
- Consider an organic, raw, or fresh meat protein and diet
- Add a Probiotic to your pet's daily diet
- Provide fresh water free of chlorine and fluoride
While you are changing your pet's diet for the better, don't forget your diet too! GMO is quietly taking over your food!
The Bark Magazine - Winter 2013 No. 76