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Pet Protection: Shielding Your Companion Animal from GMO Food

  • Written by  Russell Ward
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 The world is waking up and people are becoming aware of the dangers that GMO food products pose to themselves and their loved ones. But one member of the family might have been forgotten – your pet.

Richard Palmquist is the Director of Integrative Health Services at Centinela Veterinarian Hospital in Inglewood, California, and he is the President of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. He is an author, blogger, and internationally recognized advocate on the dangers of genetically modified food sources.

According to his observation, hyper-permeability syndrome, or leaky gut, is the leading cause of veterinarian visits for household pets. Palmquist believes that this is a direct symptom of the GM pet food that dominates the industry (and thus, he reasons that humans too are susceptible to the abuses that can come from genetic modification).

Organic pet foods are currently available, but often difficult to find, and they are much more expensive than other pet foods. While Palmquist encourages that pets eat organic food as a way to avoid the slew of diseases and allergies that can come from ingesting GM food, even this route will not last unless greater action is taken. This is because the altered DNA of these foods is broken down by the digestive bacteria within a stomach into fragments of genetic material.

These fragments are synthesized within the genetic makeup of the bacteria, thus changing their structure into something entirely unnatural and potentially dangerous. Palmquist believes that further study will show that these genes are slowly being released into the air and spreading, which will cause the total destruction of the organic food market as these sources are contaminated.

Pets eat organic food as a way to avoid the slew of diseases and allergies that can come from ingesting GM food.

Palmquist delivers this information not to scare pet owners, but to encourage individuals to demand facts about where their food comes from. The issue of choice has been a big one in the GMO debate. One’s consequences should have a clear connection to one’s choices. When the ability to make that choice is jeopardized, as in the case of unlabeled and non-researched GMOs, that basic tenant of freedom is compromised. Then, think of those poor pets that have to rely on educated owners to make the best decision for their care. It’s time for something to change.

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