Being a family of organic urban gardeners here, MomFOD has been on the alert for this nonsense called “Glyphosate” finding its way into her garden. It has now been brought to her attention that it is also getting into pet foods and, when mixed with certain other ingredients (think preservatives) in the pet foods, it may be causing major issues for pet health. Here’s the lowdown:
What is it: Glyphosate is a chemical manufactured by Monsanto and marketed as “RoundUp,” an herbicide or week killer. Monsanto is also genetically modifying crops to be more glyphosate tolerant or “Roundup-Ready” so they don’t get murdered by the herbicide as they’re doused in it. It is the world’s most widely used herbicide and a suspected carcinogen, meaning it may cause cancer in people and other mammals.
Where do we find it? Pretty much everywhere, particularly in GMO corn and soybean crops. It might also be in your garage and possibly in your pet food. Several common pet foods tested positive for the presence of glyphosate (see article linked below.)
Why is it bad? In a recent article by TruthAboutPetFood.com (I highly recommend this site if you don’t already follow it), a pair of doctors suggests that any glyphosate remaining in pet food may be a serious health risk to pets. In addition to being a possible carcinogen, GMO foods may be linked to IBD, allergies, and skin and organ problems. Worse yet, the presence of glyphosate, when mixed with sodium nitrate (a common pet food preservative) can be deadly to animals. All the details and links to studies can be found in the article cited above.
Scary, isn’t it? Always read labels on your pet food and, whenever possible, go organic. I know it’s more expensive, but if you have a pet that’s at particular risk for IBD or other illnesses, it may save you a lot of heartache and vet bills in the long run.
For more information on Glyphosate in general, visit:
Live long and stay healthy. Knowledge is power.