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  1. Jane

    I was happy to see that they plan to do some independent testing for glyphosate. It’s hard to trust what the companies say.

    Thanks for posting this, Susan!

  2. jan b-b

    I’ve always thought GMO’s were detrimental to us all! I’m a believer! thanks for posting this video – a real eye opener

  3. landsharkinnc

    and there was no mention of our horses … significant gut issues, sometimes immediately fatal, obesity, joint/bone issues not related to over weight; And what about our pet birds — ‘cage’ birds …. ( not to mention those raised for human consumption — chicken, turkey, quail, duck, etc. )…

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      I would agree, there is a need of awareness for those species as well.

  4. Brenda Oppert

    I work in biotechnology, and I’m afraid that the information above does not provide the reason why GMO food is worse for pet food. If anything, it may be better, because it will have lower pesticide residues. At worst, it is the same as non-GMO food. There have been NO reputable studies that demonstrate that any GMO food is harmful to human or animal health, but it certainly can be much better. Please don’t spread information and get the facts, not unscientific and unsubstantiated claims. Much of the information on this website if very helpful to pet owners, but this is not.

  5. Jill

    So what dry food should my kitty eat? (He only eats dry) Help!!!

  6. Brenda Oppert

    Thanks, Susan but I would ask you to look at a site maintained by Oregon State University:
    Glyphosate is only harmful to plants because it is an inhibitor of a critical enzyme pathway. Humans and pets don’t have that enzyme pathway, and the studies that have been cited are done in rats that already have a predisposition to cancer, not a very reputable way to conduct these assays, and by people with an agenda. As a scientist, I feel very passionate about the good that GMOs bring to a society that will face food shortages and increased environmental pollution in the future. Before Roundup, farmers were spraying weedkillers that had far more toxic effects on wildlife. The amount of glyphosate exposure is usually not a concern as it has no effect on animals at the doses that you would encounter in food or the environment. What is the alternative, go back to indiscriminate use of toxic weed killers? Anyone that has a garden knows of the battle with weeds; imagine having acres of land and you see why a farmer needs viable options. I want my kids, grandkids, and pets to have good access to reasonably priced
    food that has low pesticide/herbicide (zero is unreasonable, unless you go organic, which I do in some cases). We have to be reasonable and stay based in science, which is what I believe you try to do on this website. Therefore, I have to speak out about the misinformation found in these articles. Thank you for the opportunity.

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      I appreciate the difference of opinion – but I can’t get on board with GMOs and/or glyphosate. And the reasoning of “reasonably priced food” is the very same reasoning used at AAFCO for feed ingredients sourced from waste. To me – this isn’t an issue of reasonably priced food, it is an issue of slowly poisoning animals and humans through chemicals and recycled waste processed into feed ingredients. I can’t afford to buy 100% pasture raised meats and non-GMO foods – but I certainly try to purchase and consume as much as I can afford (for my pets too). And actually – many non-GMO foods are barely more expensive than GM (sometimes less expensive). My belief is factory farmed meats and GM foods are a certain risk that I don’t want my family (human and pets) to consume on a daily basis. The risk is too high.

    2. maisie

      Brenda, you state that you work in biotechnology. Who is your employer? For me to take your comments seriously I need more information on your scientific background and who you work for. Thanks.
      The alternative to Roundup and other toxic weedkillers is organic. Shop at a co-op and you’ll find that organic food isn’t as expensive as you might think.

  7. Neil Goldberg

    We feed Horizon or Smack, both from Canada and no GMO’s

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