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Canine Genetics by & for Top BreedersGMO FOODS & GENETICS


Genetically Modified Organisms can alter both human and canine DNA, potentially causing difficult-to-diagnose health problems. Are dogs the canaries of the pet food industry?







by Barbara J. Andrews, Publisher


Genetically engineered crops are permeating human and animal foods, from GMO corn that kills insects to carrots that sterilize animals. What’s in your pet’s food?


DOGS ARE TESTING CANARIES FOR GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODSDogs became the food industry's canaries in 2001

The Morningstar report [1] is frightening because it affects us and our dogs.  The press is just beginning to cover the genetic mess in our food supply but in a deliberately casual way to avoid alarming the public.


When we received the science review we decided to publish because of the effects on canine reproduction and overall health.  Well of course it’s a threat to our own health but if I said that, you’d blow on by it because obviously, we don’t do for ourselves what we do for our dogs.  If that were so, we’d all be in perfect weight and condition right??


The disturbing fact is that our dogs have become canaries of the modern world, ingesting large quantities of GM (genetically modified) food.  Of particular concern is corn deemed safe for animal feeds but not for human consumption. The Taco Bell scandal (whistle for Digger Dog) spread to Kellogg's corn flakes forcing the company to close down an entire plant for fear that the illicit GM StarLink maize had infected breakfast cereals.


Normal corn crops have been contaminated by bee-borne pollen, windblown seed and poor management of biologically “hot” seeds which have penetrated other crops in the food chain.


In addition to the genetically manipulated plants, agri-producers have perfected sterile seeds [2] that will grow one plant but will not reproduce fertile seed. This forces all but the real diehards to give up gardening. And it forces us to buy genetically engineered hard, flavorless tomatoes with impenetrable skins impervious to transportation damage. A long-suppressed 1993 U.S. Government memo revealed an experiment in which 4 of 20 female rodents fed the FlavrSavr (a GM tomato now owned by Monsanto) [3] suffered gross stomach lesions. The tomatoes are off the market.


Do you, believe you are protecting your dogs by cooking for them or feeding raw meat? The simple fact is that you can no longer trust grocery store produce or packaged products.


These are just a few of the problems that made biotech news.  Since the BioSafety Protocol was adopted in January of 2000, Canadian scientists acknowledged that Monsanto's Roundup, Cyanamid's Pursuit, and Aventis's Liberty herbicides weren’t all that effective against weeds - after an Alberta farmer planted the company’s GM canola seeds. Do you use canola oil??? They couldn't kill the genetically modified stuff.  What a horror movie that would make!


Reproductive problems?  New Zealand scientists have carrots engineered to sterilize possums, which are a major threat to crops. Scientists pooh-poohed concerns that the carrots might have the same effect on people, and insisted the engineered carrots could be kept separate from the human food chain …. “if necessary!” England’s Prime Minister first said that the [GM] products were safe but more recently was quoted in The Independent as saying 'there is no doubt that there is potential for harm from GM food.'” We use a lot of carrots in preparing cooked dog food. Don’t you?


What we don’t know can hurt us. Of course the food producers aren’t going to run around announcing problems but important information is being withheld from health conscious Americans. Corn growers were shunning GM seeds because their 1998/99 exports to Europe had dropped to 137,000 tons from 2 million tons one year earlier. The insider leak came on the heels of media reports that major potato processors and fast-food chains were warning growers to avoid GM potatoes. Canadian seed companies couldn't seem to keep their conventional seeds separate from their GM lines. The sloppy inventory problem spread throughout Western Europe as country after country found their fields contaminated with illegal and unwanted GM crops. Relax. New Zealanders were assured that such management problems could never occur with those sterilizing carrots.  Right.


Remember Ebola virus? Mad Cow Disease? Human deaths from Mad Cow Disease have increased markedly in the first half of 2000 compared to 1999.  Last summer there were reports that a 'jumping gene' used in genetic engineering had crossed the species barrier at least seven times, including one jump between flies and humans.


Oh and about those carrots…. New Zealanders were assured the gene would not be used in developing transgenic carrots. Now comes word the New Zealand Government has admitted that there were at least 100 illicit GM crop experiments underway in that country. Illicit. That translates to unregulated, unapproved.  That could be a mad scientist cooking sterility drugs in his basement.


But don’t worry, the Government announced that (as with Monsanto) everything was okay and that none of the experiments could possibly involve either possums or carrots. Oh. Okay. Whew, for a minute there I was worried.


Those little tidbits are only through June of 2011. When I sent the original report to the webmaster, he sought a balancing view, logical brain that he is. Here's his take on genetically modified and engineered foods.


Meet the Editor and Author Barbara J. "BJ" Andrews“Genetically modified foods are coming and someday will be a fact of life. Not only that, they will be a necessity. With farmers' lands being 'taken' by Green Earthers, or their water being taken to preserve 'endangered species', we will need science and technology to continue to feed ourselves. Or should we go back to a mule and a plow? I do agree that it needs strong oversight. I just don't understand the knee-jerk fear of anything that comes out of a laboratory. It's just not all evil."


You decide. Maybe when our dogs sing instead of bark, we'll know the truth!!



[1] Genetically Modified Sterile Foods [2] GMO Soy Linked to Sterility [3] Genetically modified tomatoes


reprinted from SHOWSIGHT MAGAZINE Sept 2001



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