By Susan Thixton
What is a GMO?
A GMO (genetically modified organism) is the result of a laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. The foreign genes may come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans. Because this involves the transfer of genes, GMOs are also known as “transgenic” organisms.
This process may be called either Genetic Engineering (GE) or Genetic Modification (GM); they are one and the same.
We do have a right to know if our pet food contains genetically modified ingredients.
More Reasons to say No to GMO
From improved irritable bowel or migraine symptoms in humans to overall health improvement in animals, some new information on avoiding GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms) is startling and a good lesson learned.
Author and Non-GMO Advocate Jeffrey Smith has shared some very startling information from the past year. Two non-GMO Chicago area doctors that prescribe non-GMO diets to their patients reported that “chronic symptoms that quickly improved or disappeared after changing their diets – skin conditions, irritable bowel, migraines, weight problems, fatigue, and much more.” Veterinarians and farmers who had taken livestock (pigs and cows) off GMO feed reported “death rates dropped, still born rates were down, litter size was up, and overall health improved.” One Veterinarian told Jeffrey Smith “that the jump in dog and cat allergies correlated exactly with the introduction of GMO pet food. Whenever he switched his allergic animals to an organic (non-GMO) brand, their symptoms such as itching would usually disappear.” Further “Both vets and farmers saw differences inside GMO-fed animals during autopsies or butchering, including liver damage, stomach ulcers, discoloration, and an awful stench.”
It seems very clear, avoid GMO foods.
For Pet Owners, the following is a list of common pet food ingredients which could be (probably are) Genetically Modified and are recommended to be avoided in your pet’s food and treats…
- Ground Corn
- Ground Yellow Corn
- Whole Corn
- Whole Grain Ground Corn
- Corn Gluten
- Corn Gluten Meal
- Corn Starch-Modified
- Dried Fermented Corn Extractives
- Corn Germ Meal
- Soybean Hulls
- Soybean Meal
- Soybean Oil
- Soy Flour
- Soy Protein Concentrate
- Canola Oil
Perfectly questioned in a EarthOpenSource.org article, “Aren’t critics of genetically engineered food anti-science? Isn’t the debate over GMOs (genetically modified organisms) a spat between emotional but ignorant activists on one hand and rational GM-supporting scientists on the other?” A new peer-reviewed report (from genetic engineers) looked over the evidence and determined “there are good scientific reasons to be wary of GM foods and crops.”
Two of the authors of this GMO report is what makes the information so significant; they come from the genetic engineering field. Dr. Michael Antoniou of King’s College London School of Medicine in the UK, uses genetic engineering for medical applications, Dr. John Fagan is a former genetic engineer. The third author is a research director of Earth Open Source.
Highlights of “GMO Myths and Truths, An evidence-based examination of the claims made for the safety and efficacy of genetically modified crops”… Genetic engineering as used in crop development is not precise or predictable and has not been shown to be safe. The technique can result in the unexpected production of toxins or allergens in food that are unlikely to be spotted in current regulatory checks. GMO crops, including some that are already in our food and animal feed supply, have shown clear signs of toxicity in animal feeding trials – notably disturbances in liver and kidney function and immune responses.
Certain EU-commissioned animal feeding trials with GMO foods and crops are often claimed by GMO proponents to show they are safe. In fact, examination of these studies shows significant differences between the GMO-fed and control animals that give cause for concern.
No long-term toxicological testing of GMOs on animals or testing on humans is required by any regulatory agency in the world.
Roundup, the herbicide that over 50% of all GMO crops are engineered to tolerate, is not safe or benign as has been claimed but has been found to cause malformations (birth defects), reproductive problems, DNA damage, and cancer in test animals.
Until we are provided with this information on the label, please call your pet food manufacturer and ask if the food is GMO free. If they respond yes, ask them what they require of ingredient suppliers to remain GMO free, and what efforts they go through to guarantee the pet food contains no GMO.
Pet food labels AND human food labels should clearly state if any GMO ingredient is included in the food. Members of AAFCO (State Department of Agriculture representatives) would probably be the best place to start. Call or write your local MLA and tell them you want pet food labels to disclose GMO information. Provide them the link to the GMO Myths and Truths report as scientific reasoning to do so.
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