One of the perks I am looking forward to about medical school is the free full text access to all of those medical journals. OMM, I cannot WAIT! I will be hopefully have some free time to share some of what I am reading about here, as I am sure some of it will fuel my paranoid fire.
First of all, I was shocked by the amount of pet food companies owned and operated by the same parent company. Just another reminder that the way “capitalism” is run in our country is not a level playing field or often what is best for the consumer. Little companies cannot compete against the ones with higher capital, and are taken over by conglomerates who, in many cases, don’t have that attention to detail that made those smaller companies successful in the first place. Profit motive runs completely contrary to what is best for the consumer because it encourages cutting corners and outsourcing to unsafe food supplies, as seen here. These contaminated food batches weren’t made domestically. Can we buy cheaper meds from Canada? NO! Unsafe and illegal, even though our domestic pharmacies import the same drugs made in the same overseas factories! Can everyone we buy from import their materials and goods and export their tax base? Sure, it’s good business!
Secondly, how many parents have fished pet food out of their toddler’s mouths? Hands up, please. My older son S loved dust bunnies (ewwwww…..) and younger son Z loved dog food. Poor Ginger rarely ate that year, because we had to resort to jsut keeping it off the floor.
Finally, what the heck are they putting in pet food, anyway? Rat poison? Does that mean there is rat meat in there? I used to make my own pet food for a while in college, but I burned a few motors out on my blenders before I decided it was way too high maintenance for me to handle. I am now buying the Purina dry food that says real _____ is our main ingredient. I am thinking of switching to Newman’s Own, since I love all of their other products. Anyone have any recommendations?