Hopefully this isn’t true. (Though I did just poach some chicken thighs for our dog…)
But it is the title of Australian scientist Dr. Peter Dingle’s new book. Dingle believes that the over-processed, chemical-packed foods that go into the average child’s diet are far worse than what we feed most animals. I wondered about this. The brands at my pet store include: Nature’s Logic, DogsWell, Halo For Pets, Party Animal Organic, BG (Before Grain) and Wellness. And the ingredients on Auggie’s food are all easily pronounceable, all natural or properly fortified, and include familiar items like “duck, lamb, sweet potatoes, corn, and zucchini”. I wanted to compare the dog food label to those darned spicy cheetos… but you won’t be surprised when I tell you there just weren’t any in our cupboard.
Nonetheless, Dingle might be on to something. Dogs are eating better than kids. Except when they’re not:
Last year Americans were outraged to learn dogs and cats were becoming sick from contaminated dog food manufactured in China. The FDA scurried to create new federal positions to inspect imported goods, pet food recall lists swarmed the Internet and pet store shelves, and veterinarians treated many an ill dog.
It’s a well known fact that four of the top six leading causes of death in the United States can be attributed to our Western Diet. Chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease are literally killing us as we continue to eat, well, “contaminated food”. But unlike the contaminated dog food scare, there’s not enough outrage. The FDA, happily in cahoots with big agribusiness, scurries to do nothing. And there’s certainly no “recall list” posted on supermarket shelves reminding us to skip the trans-fat fries, Olestra-laden bbq chips, and Splenda-ridden “sugar” cookies. Unfortunately, the only similarity between the dog food crisis and our nation’s current food crisis, is the increased number of visits to medical professionals.
Cookbook author and New York Times columnist Mark Bittman is outraged. Listen to him call for a dramatic change in the way Americans eat, in his talk:
What’s Wrong with What We Eat: