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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Is Your Pet Eating GMOs?

Here are some things you should know the next time you buy your pet's food.

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Sara Tan is a lifestyle writer and editor who is obsessed with all things fashion, food, and pop culture. When she's not sitting behind her laptop, you can find her perusing the (online) sale racks, spinning at SoulCycle, or eating her way through Los Angeles with her French Bulldog by her side.

Unless you’ve been avoiding the grocery store and the evening news, you’ve likely heard of the term GMO. Americans are learning more about genetically modified organisms in food and educating themselves about the effects of them on humans. But what about our furry friends?

Here are some things you should know the next time you buy your pet's food.

There Is A High Chance That Your Pet’s Food Is Made With GMOs

Unless you’re buying GMO-free kibble or kibble without soy, corn, or wheat, there’s a good chance your pet’s food is made with GMOs. According to Doginton Post, 88% of the corn used in pet foods and animal feed and 93% of soybean crops are genetically engineered, per the 2011 International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications report. It’s not only just the corn and soy products that are going into your pet’s food, it’s also the protein. Unless your dog or cat’s food is labeled GMO-free or organic, it’s likely the beef, chicken, or turkey in it was raised on animal feed with GMOs.

Pet Food Made With GMOs Are Difficult To Identify

The FDA has not mandated that foods containing GMOs be labeled as such, although initiatives to do so have been proposed at both the state and national level. Until then, the U.S. considers GM crops to be “substantially equivalent” to non-GMO crops, technically making them recognized as being safe. What does that mean? Even dog or cat kibble that is labeled “all natural,” can still be made with GMOs.

If You Want To Avoid Feeding Your Pet GMOs, Carefully Read The Food Package

How can you help your pet’s diet be free of GMOs? Read your pet food label closely. Look for food that is labeled certified organic or GMO-free. Make sure that the protein used is sourced from cage-free and free-range animals. And if that seems too difficult to sort through, know that there are plenty of pet food brands on the market that are non-GMO verified

This sponsored story is presented in collaboration with Petco.

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