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Pets Go Gluten Free in Boon to Farmers With Excess Lentils and Peas

By Bloomberg

Peas and lentils sitting idle on Canadian farms are increasingly going to the dogs -- literallyRead full story

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  • Does it make sense to feed and treat our pets more and more as if they were humans? What do you think?

  • David Yakobovitch
    David YakobovitchAI Professor at Galvanize

    I think the pet industry is only going to continue to grow as less people have children over time.

  • This is evidence that governments actively manipulate perceptions of diet in order to benefit their agricultural interests. Just like the US government promoted an inaccurate nutritional pyramid to convince Americans that dairy, meat, and corn are staples in a healthy diet (they’re not), I wouldn’t be surprised if the recent “gluten free” obsessions originated from political motives.

    What’s worse, is there is plenty of evidence this kind of diet could actively harm dogs: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/24/health/grain-free-dog-food-heart-disease.html

    This is evidence that governments actively manipulate perceptions of diet in order to benefit their agricultural interests. Just like the US government promoted an inaccurate nutritional pyramid to convince Americans that dairy, meat, and corn are staples in a healthy diet (they’re not), I wouldn’t be surprised if the recent “gluten free” obsessions originated from political motives.

    What’s worse, is there is plenty of evidence this kind of diet could actively harm dogs: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/24/health/grain-free-dog-food-heart-disease.html

    Whether it is humans or pets, an optimal diet varies at the individual level. Governments should be promoting education for healthy living, not a one size fits all way of eating.

  • As the owner eats so goes the family pet - gluten free for all manner of animal is here to stay, at least for now...

  • Laurel Touby
    Laurel ToubyManaging Partner/GM at Supernode Ventures

    This astonishes me. Why would any human feed a dog anything but meat and occasionally grasses?

  • William Wood
    William WoodOwner at William Wood

    Gluten free??? It is really, grain free. Too long pet manufacturers, used grain as a filler, in their dog and cat foods. Dogs, in particular, have difficulty with grains... What I don’t like with the article, the are jumping on the Gluten Free band wagon, and it is being disingenuous. Even amongst us humans, gluten free is not a way to get healthier, it is only Germaine to the few that have health problems with Gluten.

  • Gluten-free has gone to the dogs.

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