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« on: October 11, 2007, 02:59:46 AM »

While doing some research I ran across the following article.

Authored in 1993 - I felt depressed reading that and understanding that as pet owners we haven't  taken a strong, united stand to affect change in the pet food industry... and this "food" will continue until we do.

Pet Foods' Insidious Consequences

A recurring theme is that both content and form of the pro-pet food argument is flawed, making invalid conclusions the rule. The euphemistic use of the term 'pet food' is deplored and the cynical manipulation of the rules of logic, mass psychology, politics and economics is described. Insidious environmental consequences are listed. Veterinary science is seen to be corrupted due to an uncritical appraisal by those responsible for animal health care.

The state of health is dependent upon the correct balance of quantity, quality and frequency of chemical and physical requirements provided by food intake. Examples of failure are provided with the emphasis being placed on periodontal disease. Recent case surveys and research findings are presented on Foul Mouth AIDS, Feline Eosinophilic Disease Complex, Plasma Cell Pododermatitis and FLUTD.

The limitation of the clinical diagnostic pathways are shown to perpetuate the insidious process. A 'Cybernetic Hypothesis of Periodontal Disease' provides an evolutionary, ecological perspective casting the modern feeding practices in a grim light. Arising out of this dark and corrupted phase a renaissance is predicted providing beneficial insight into health and disease.

Where this is due to ignorance, education may help. If it can be shown that misinformation is presented with intent to deceive then regulatory/legal action will be required. This was the course of action required in respect of the 'infant milk formula' saga. At least the name of the powder implies that it is an artificial substitute formula but nonetheless the effect in third world countries was, and is, a disgrace as the following abstract from 'The Greening of Medicine' will portray.
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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2007, 04:12:15 AM »

Thanks Offy, I think.

Read the whole article.  I think my head is going to explode.   Shocked

Eventually they will understand,
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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2007, 04:36:33 AM »

Great ! They've known about the problems with pf for 14 yrs & still no major changes in its production or in teaching nutrition in vet. school.Does anyone else get the Healthy Pet magazine from their vet ? There was an offensive article about the recall.Still pushing the 1% of foods # & slamming homemade. Embarrassed

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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2007, 07:26:07 AM »

Thanks, Offy, for the link. I know that your group and Defend Our Pets group are
trying hard to make these changes and engage the trash for food manufacturers
in the process.
Thanks for that, too.
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2007, 07:44:21 AM »

Mike's efforts & organization ( been tremendous at initiating & promoting the changes we all need!!
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