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Is GMO-Free Pet Food Safer than Regular Pet Food?

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Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are becoming an ever increasing part of our human and pet food supply. What does that mean for your pet?

 

What is a GMO?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), GMOs are "…organisms whose genetic material (DNA) has been modified in a way that does not occur naturally; e.g., through the introduction of a gene from a different organism."

 

What is the FDA's Position on GMOs?

According to its website, the "FDA [Food and Drug Administration] supports voluntary labeling for food derived from genetic engineering…." but does not currently require such labeling.  Nevertheless, "foods derived from genetically engineered plants must meet the same requirements, including safety requirements, as other foods, such as foods derived from traditionally bred plants."

 

Why are Some Pet Food Ingredients Genetically Modified?

According to the FDA, genetic engineering is used by scientists to introduce new traits or characteristics to an organism. "For example, plants may be genetically engineered to produce characteristics to enhance the growth or nutritional profile of food crops."

 

5 Common Myths about GMOs

 

1. GMOs are so new that we know nothing about them. According to the FDA, "Food and food ingredients from genetically engineered plants were introduced into our food supply in the 1990s."

 

2. Food with GMOs are unregulated.

According to its website, the "FDA regulates the safety of foods and food products from plant sources including food from genetically engineered plants."

 

3. Foods with GMOs are unsafe.

According to the FDA, "Foods from genetically engineered plants must meet the same requirements, including safety requirements, as foods from traditionally bred plants." In fact the FDA "…has a consultation process that encourages developers of genetically engineered plants to consult with FDA before marketing their products. This process helps developers determine the necessary steps to ensure their food products are safe and lawful."

 

4. Foods with GMOs are less nutritious.

According to FDA evaluations, "foods from genetically engineered plants…are generally as nutritious as foods from comparable traditionally bred plants."

 

5. Foods with GMOs are more likely to cause an allergic reaction or be toxic. According to the FDA evaluations, foods from genetically engineered plants "…have not been more likely to cause an allergic or toxic reaction than foods from traditionally bred plants."

 

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  • No thank you
    04/21/2015 08:05am

    Funny when the FDA is basically run by former Monsanto board members. I for one will avoid pet food that has corn and soy. Not good for them anyway. I feed raw so know exactly what is going in my dogs mouths. GMO has not had long term studies done in the US and severl other countries call it into question. It is labeled or outright banned in over 60 countries.

  • 04/21/2015 07:36pm

    Do you really think you know what is going into your dog's mouth when giving him raw food?? You know that it is not just the corn and soy crops that have been genetically modified, right?
    The GMOs have been study since the early 80s and commercialized since the early 90s. How much long do you need to study them to start trust this biotechnology?
    But the funny is that for the crops improved by the conventional breeding programs which, if you don't know, involves radiation and chemical mutagenesis (and which is not considered GMO although it alters the genetic composition of the organisms) you don't feel the need for any studies or the slight concern.
    What about getting a little more information about this GMOs subject?!

  • 04/22/2015 09:51am

    Yes I do know exactly what my animals are eating as I know my sources. I don't buy from grocery stores thank you. GMO is designed to be doused in Round-Up. Also if you know about trans genesis you should also be aware that it is hit or miss at best. We use it in our lab at work. Sometimes your target is hit, sometimes it is not, sometimes it shows up where it shouldn't, sometimes it has very unexpected consequences. There have been NO long term feed studies done in the US on GMO as Monsanto will not allow it. Everything long term has been done in other Countries where Monsanto does not have the same control. What those studies have found is quite alarming. Once again I say no thank you.

  • 04/22/2015 02:17pm

    You're lucky to be able to produce your own cows, pigs and chickens and to feed all of them with crops that were kept in your family for centuries. Otherwise, I don't see how you can be so sure about what you give to them. About the GMO that "is designed to be doused in Round-Up", you're talking about only one of the many GM crops developed (so don't generalize it) and you don't have to use Round-Up to grow it, it was created to be resistant to a specific herbicide (glyphosate) that is sold by numerous manufacturers (such as GlyphoMax from Dowagro, or TouchDown from Syngenta). But it doesn't oblige you to use it! It is just useful to enable killing the infecting weeds and save your crop!
    That it and miss that you talk about I do not understand. And wvwn more with the new CRISPR/Cas technology, it is really site-directed and very accurate. I am a plant biologist and work with transgenic plants (in a public institute, with no connection with any corporation and not proffiting any money with our work) and would much appreciate if you could share with me those alarming studies you're talking about.

  • 04/22/2015 03:50pm

    I get locally sourced meat that is humanely raised. so yes I do know what they eat. Glyphosate is routinely used on GMO crops of all kinds not just specific ones and farmers are even encouraged to use it straight across the board to "dry" their crops for harvest. There are tons of sites that you can find the studies on. I get sick of posting them over and over. I also find it difficult to believe that only the Scientists in the US are "correct" in their assessment. www.responsibletechnology.org/health-risks has loads of stuff at the bottom and took me about 2.5 seconds with Google. The longest study that Monsanto did was 90 days. 90 days doesn't show any long term anything. 2 years with rats will show much better data and has.

  • No GMO
    04/21/2015 09:10am

    According to my vet Because GMO food is grown with pesticides and herbicides the incidents of cancer in pets is increasing markedly. He says this has been documented over and over again. (same with our human children.

  • 04/21/2015 07:58pm

    Ok, let me lighting you. ALL crops (even the so called "organic", "natural" and "biological" ones) care the use of pesticides and herbicides. It is the only way to control pests and infestation, and this way reduce the plantation losses or even save them from complete loss. Then it really depends on the products used, amount, period and duration.
    Some of the GM crops, like the BT corn for example, where developed with the exact mean of reducing the use of these products. In this case (BT corn) the plant is able to produce a small protein that will kill the worse corn pest (an insect called European corn borer) which will avoid the use of huge amounts of an insecticide to kill this bug. So, in the end, the GM crops have LESS pesticides and herbicides than the others!
    And just to avoid some concerned comments on this BT corn. The protein produced by this corn plant exists in the nature for a long time (is commonly produced by a bacteria called Bacillus thuringiensis) and it was thoroughly studied and tested before, during and after these plants were introduced in the fields. Actually there are some "biological" plantations where this bacteria is spread (alive) over the corn plants to reduce the borer attack.
    Just some facts. If you want I can give you more info on this subject.

  • 04/21/2015 11:07pm

    Actually, although that crop MAY use less of the particular pesticide used to control that particular pest, it in no way reduces the amount of herbicide since an herbicide only controls other plant species, not pests. BT crops actually use more herbicides to control weeds when conventional crops would be killed by those herbicides. So BT crops are more dangerous to our health since they are soaked with Roundup which has been proven to cause serious health problems. And we have no idea what other health problems may be found to be caused by long term usage of Franken-food!

  • Corporate Greed
    04/21/2015 10:02am

    I agree with Tina Martin. GMOs are not the problem, the FDA and Monsanto are the problem. They stand to profit well to the disadvantage of the consumer and smaller manufacturing businesses.

    What's next? Patents on eye color? Then everyone with blue eyes will be sued for infringement on a patent?

  • 04/21/2015 08:21pm

    I will not defend the FDA, Monsanto or any other corporation that is somehow profiting from these developments.
    Actually, I think we should try to stop these improved crops to be patented, but rather to be freely distributed by the people who need them.
    But I also have to recall the BT crop case (that I already mentioned in a previous post) where the GM crop seeds are commercialized by the exact same company that sells the pesticide used to kill that bug. In this case, the company would have more profits if that GM crop didn't exist (to be able to sell much more pesticide). So why developing and distributing it?

  • Not buying it
    04/21/2015 09:34pm

    The problem with each one of these statements is that they all start with
    "according to the FDA", after countless lies and instances of deceit hopefully most of us realize that you can't believe anything that the FDA or any government agency tells us? The fact is that most developed nations don't believe that GMO's are safe and are banned including Australia, Japan and every country in the European Union. The FDA is nothing more than a subsidiary of Monsanto.

  • No GMO's
    04/21/2015 10:40pm

    Yes, GMO's have been "studied" for many years. Which always makes me ask the same question, if GMO's are so damn safe, then why aren't GMO products labeled? IF they are safe then there shouldn't be any problem with letting the consumer be fully informed of the GMO's in whatever they are purchasing. Same for dog/cat food.

  • GMO's should be banned!
    04/21/2015 10:54pm

    One of the known hazards with gmo crops is some are bred to withstand herbacides such as RoundUp in order to be able to survive extensive spraying in order to control pervasive weed crops from overtaking the food crops. Therefore these crops, which would normally die when sprayed, now survive and flourish, allowing us and our pets (if we're stupid enough to eat gmo crops) to consume greater amounts of the toxin Roundup, which has been proven to cause multitudes of serious health problems. Also, consuming meat from animals fed gmo crops is just as dangerous as eating the crops, and most animals slaughtered for meat are fed the cheaper gmo crops. GMO's are just bad all around!

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