I’ve been teaching mold remediation for many years, and edited a textbook on it, but I learned a few new things about the Aspergillus fungi and their production of Aflatoxin B1, the most potent carcinogen and hepatotoxin occurring in nature, by reading this article by Dr. Karen Becker, a veterinarian. Some of you may know about recalls of pet food due to contamination of corn that has this mold grow on it in storage. Corn, or maize for you non-US people, is very prone to this fungus growing on it, and it isn’t screened for by the agencies, and it gets into (mostly dry) pet food. It’s killed a lot of dogs due to liver failure or cancer, and corn really doesn’t belong in pet food anyway.
What really floored me is that the glyphosate herbicide used on crops of corn, soybeans, and others (especially GM crops), actually promotes the growth of Aspergillus flavus and parasiticus. I take better care of my pets than I do of myself, but I’m eating this stuff as well, and the mega-farming companies don’t want to label their products to tell us if it’s been treated with this herbicide. The manufacturers of these weed-killers (and pet-killers) are contentious and litigious and might sue me, so I’ll just call them otnasnoM.
Here’s the article. Please read and share. Round up your pet-loving friends.
[Just got a thank-you note from Dr. Becker. I told her that we need to move beyond recalls AFTER lots of (mostly) dogs die, and advocate for better inspection procedures by the USDA and other agencies to PREVENT such tragedies.]