GMOs IN PET FOODS
DOGS & CATS, THE NEW CANARIES DOWN THE MINE
By Dr. Michael W. Fox
The metaphor of the proverbial canary down the mine shaft alerting miners to the presence of poisonous gas is eminently applicable in this modern day to our animal companions alerting us to hazards in our shared home environments when they become ill. One of the long overlooked external environmental factors that affect the health of our cats and dogs as well as our own is the food we and they consume. Manufactured pet foods are not something separate from what we consume and provide for the rest of our families. What we and they eat comes from the same agribusiness food chain!
In my review of the risks of GMOs, (genetically modified food ingredients), present in most manufactured pet foods that are not Organically certified and which contain corn, soy, canola, sugar beet or imported rice, I give a unique perspective as a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist. It is through this column, which I have been writing for over 40 years, and the thousands of letters received from pet owners concerned about their dogs’ and cats’ illnesses which conventional veterinary treatments were not always effectively resolving, that I was able to track changes in the kinds of illnesses seen in companion animals that coincide with and parallel the introduction of increasing amounts of GMOs in their diets.
People often wrote to me when veterinary treatments for this cluster of ailments failed, often with harmful side-effects from prescribed remedies, especially with steroids, and problems with various manufactured prescription diets. These animals were suffering from what attending veterinarians were diagnosing and treating as allergies, asthma, atopic dermatitis and other skin problems, irritable bowel syndrome, leaky gut syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, colitis, recurrent diarrhea, vomiting, indigestion, along with abnormalities in liver, pancreatic and immune system functions.
I am not saying that every animal with the above ‘cluster’ of health problems got better after GM ingredients were no longer fed to them, because it is quite possible that simply improving their diets by providing better quality ingredients made the difference for some. But when we look at the feeding trials under controlled laboratory conditions in test animals given GM foods, it is indeed striking that very similar adverse effects were reported in these test animals as were found in companion animals fed GM-containing pet foods.
The pseudo-scientific term “substantial equivalence” has been coined by the biotechnology food industry to assuage regulators and concerned consumers over the lack of scientific safety tests prior to government approval of GMOs which are by their very nature in no way substantially similar to conventional crops and foods. To claim any such equivalence is biologically absurd science fiction.
Readers of my review, posted on www.drfoxvet.com, and recent book Healing Animals & The Vision of One Health, will be inspired and empowered to make informed food-choices for their companion animals as well as for themselves, and also learn the basics of the One Health movement which applies a holistic, integrative approach to wellness where our physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing are dependent upon how we treat the natural environment and all creatures great and small.
For more details visit Dr. Fox’s website www.DrFoxVet.com He is an Honor Roll member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, member of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, and holds doctoral degrees in medicine and ethology/animal behavior.
Our thanks to Dr. Fox for sending us this article summary and giving us permission to post it.
Read another article by Dr. Fox on genetically engineered and MLV vaccines: Vaccine-Associated Auto-Immune And Other Diseases by Dr. Michael W. Fox