Unless you’re taking steps to avoid GMOs in dog food, chances are your pet is eating them.
A lot has been written about GMOs lately and no wonder. Studies have shown GMOs in food can expose people and animals to:
- Damage to the liver, kidneys and other internal organs such as the pancreas and reproductive organs
- Changes in gut bacteria leading to leaky gut and immune system issues
- Endocrine disruption
- Immune system damage
- Digestive disorders
- Skin and food allergies
- Cognitive issues including autism, (translating to behavior issues in dogs)
In an article on GMOs and pet food, Dr. Michael Fox listed additional dangers of GMO crops, including:
- The toxic insecticidal agent Bacillus thuringiensis is present in most GM crops in the US that wind up in animal feed and pet food.
- Glufosinate and glyphosate, which are found in the herbicides Round Up and Enlist Duo, are applied to millions of acres of genetically modified crops. These poisons are absorbed by the crops and passed onto the animals that eat those crops. They cause kidney damage in animals, endocrine disruption and birth defects in frogs, and are lethal to many amphibians. Glyphosate has also been linked to miscarriages, premature births, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in humans.
The real irony of both the facts above is that GMOs were supposed to reduce pesticide use. An extensive analysis of multiple crops just released by the New York Times, however, shows that GMOs have had no effect in limiting pesticide use and haven’t delivered the promised increased crop yield either. Another GMO myth gone down the drain…
No surprise that GMOs have been banned in 38 countries.
“In a recently published Nielsen study of 30,000 consumers, 80 percent of respondents said they would pay more for foods that indicate a degree of healthfulness, such as those labeled ‘Non-GMO,’” with 61% of them declaring it was very or moderately important to buy food that was non-GMO.
But what about your four-legged family members?
According to an article in the September 2016 issue of Dogs Naturally, “… unless you’re taking conscious steps to avoid GMOs in your dog’s food, chances are he’s eating them, even if you’re feeding a homemade raw diet.”
That’s because in the United States and Canada genetically modified crops predominate. That same Dogs Naturally article states, “An estimated 70% of processed foods contain GMOs.” The article then lists the crops where GMOs are common: 88% of corn, 94% of soy, 95% of beets (common in pet food), and probably close to 100% of alfalfa. It’s hard to nail down a figure with alfalfa, because it cross-propagates rapidly and GMO alfalfa has gone wild along the roadsides.
What? You don’t feed your dog or cat corn or soy, and definitely not alfalfa? No, but probably the meat your companion eats was fed on it, and GMOs pass right up through the food chain.
And that’s not good for your canine or feline companion.
The safest way to avoid GMOs is to select certified Organic foods or foods certified as Non-GMO.
Marty’s Meals has been consciously choosing GMO-free ingredients since we began making our species-appropriate Recipes from the freshest, most bioavailable, whole ingredients. Our beef and all of our vegetables and sprouted grains are certified Organic. And the venison, boar, kangaroo and salmon we use in our Recipes are all wild-harvested, which means they haven’t been exposed to GMO-feedstock.