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2/8/16 3:12 A

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I think this is a much bigger issue than dog food. But I will not feed my dogs substandard food that I wouldn't eat myself. I do have to watch my expenses, but I have found good food that is affordable and grain free. I believe if the world's leaders figure out that Monsanto is basically killing us all that we will go back to normal and life will resume. If not we are all doomed, but I will go down feeding my pets grain free, and the best I can afford.

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2/2/16 2:56 P

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I was recently told to avoid quite a few of those ingredients if your dog is prone to yeast infections or allergies. I had a dog that could not handle grains in his food at all and talking to my vet one time I found out that he also had to feed grain-free to at least one of his dogs.

I read something the other day when looking at the thought of animals disappearing from the earth. It compared the population of animals in the past and now, the amount of meat from them and the amount of carbon footprint. There are fewer meat animals (mainly cattle) producing 33% more meat with a lower carbon footprint (sorry, couldn't see the exact amount the carbon footprint was reduced, but I think it was 19 plus percent).



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2/2/16 4:28 A

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Hi, This vegetarian pet food is a bad idea in my opinion. I want to see the condition of the test animals in about a year. My guess is that they will be overweight, malnourished, have allergies, and in general be in poor health if they survive a year on this diet. The amount of lentils, garbanzo beans, and vegetation needed to provide enough protein is probably as expensive as packages of organ meat from the supermarket, which suits the dogs a lot more. I have given my dogs heart and liver, and they thrived on it. Some dog breeds really can't tolerate grains at all, and need to be on all meat diets.

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2/1/16 3:22 P

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Yes, I see your point but you do realize that as time goes on meat will become more and more scarce. By losing less people to war and disease the world population increases and poor planning by countries causes us to lose viable land so there will be more demand for nutrition from the land that is utilized for food and pulse crops are more nutrition intense than the huge amounts of land needed to raise animals for food. Humans will make the most demand and as time goes on pets will be squeezed out more and more. We have done this to ourselves but we will adapt and being good to our fellow humans is a good thing. I just see us always feeding our dogs as well as we can.

"The world is one country and mankind its citizens" one of the many truths spoken by Baha'u'llah and "Love is the light that guideth in darkness, the living link that uniteth God with man, that assureth the progress of every illumined soul."


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2/1/16 3:07 P

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Gina, I agree that there are a lot of poor who cannot afford the good food for their babies. A lot of dogs and cats get leftovers to eat. I wouldn't be able to keep my two but we have a Pet Food Pantry that provides some food for dogs and cats and Cassie's breeder will supply food for her if I am running out. She wanted a loving home for Cassie and when I found I couldn't afford the food she said she would provide it. The Pet Food Pantry gets donations from the better pet foods, natural food stores that have high end, and individuals for the most part. The canned isn't as high quality, but the other is.

The problem is that what they are doing is cutting out the nutrients that they will get from meat and even meat by-products. Then they will have to replace it with nutrients from somewhere else if the dogs and cats are going to be healthy. If they have to find those nutrients elsewhere, won't that increase the price of the food?



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2/1/16 2:10 P

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I feel a concern about this as, as the world changes, if maybe the enzyme needed to feed pulse crops to dogs is included in the actual dog food this may be a viable alternative. Sure I feed some meat to my dogs but they are my babies and we have the budget for that but many do not. I lived in Mexico and many dogs subsist on potato chips, etc. They don't do well but they manage until they come up with either a disease that kills them or like our two dogs who found kind hearted strangers who gave them forever homes. I knew sweet old grandmas in Mexico who went hungry to buy cheap dog food to feed street dogs. The poor are far more present in this world than affluent people like some of us.

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2/1/16 1:35 P

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Thanks for posting this.

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