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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Homemade Sweet Potato Chips for dogs and dog lovers!

Lots of folks love, love, love our Homemade Sweet Potato Chew recipe for dogs!

So we thought we would take it just a little further and recommend another one of our favorite treats - Homemade Sweet Potato Chips for dogs!

Our chips don't last as long as our chews and they are smaller, but the nice part is they bake a lot faster than our chews, which makes them a great treat to make and enjoy more often.

So let's get started!

  • Wash and peel two sweet potatoes - organic is best!
  • Use a kitchen slicer (if you have one) or cut the potatoes as thin as you can (at least 1/9" thin).
  • Arrange the slices on a baking sheet and brush them with olive oil.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for about 20-25 minutes, until the edges begin to curt. (You may want to turn at 10 minutes and re-brush).
  • That's and let your dog's enjoy!

For the humans we have a few variations that you may want to enjoy. You can have one cooking sheet baking for your dog and one for you too!

For humans versions of our Homemade Sweet Potato chips you can brush the following mixtures on the chips prior to baking:

  • Salty - brush a mixture of 2 tb. olive oil, 1 tb. garlic powder, sprinkle with coarse salt.
  • Hot and Sweet - brush a mixture of 1/4 tsp. cayanne pepper, 2 tb. maple syrup, 2 tb. olive oil and sprinkle with coarse salt.
  • Sweet - brush a mixture of 2 tb olive oil, 1/3 tb. cinnamon, 1 tb. maple syrup and then sprinkle with a little coarse salt.
  • Herbal - brush a mixture of 2 tb olive oil, crushed garlic clove, 1/4 chopped rosemary and then sprinkle with a little coarse salt.

Enjoy!!! And let us know if you vary the recipe any and share your great ideas with our other readers!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Will your dog's food be frankeninfished?

Is Frankenfish coming to your dog's bowl?

It could if the FDA approves what some call Frankenfish, a genetically modified salmon known as AquaAdvantage, created by AquaBounty a company based in Massachusetts, and the world's first man-made animal.

And, because few laws have been passed that require GMO labeling in the US, you may never even know that your dog's salmon based food (whether it be included in kibble, made available in the meat section at your local grocery, or in cans for raw feeding) is Frankenfish.

Just before Christmas of last year the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) released its draft environmental assessment of genetically engineered (GE) salmon, concluding that it "would not have a significant impact (FONSI) on the U.S. environment."

But what about how it will affect humans and pets?

According to Colin O'Neil, director of government affairs for the Center for Food Safety, a nonprofit that has opposed GE salmon through its website, the fish, "intended for human consumption, isn't being approved as a food, and that's one of the biggest problems with the (FDA's) approval process," says O'Neil.

"Instead, it's being approved as a "new animal drug. That means that a lot of the impacts won't go assessed. The new-animal-drug application process wasn't designed to assess human health, so the FDA is using the company's (AquaBounty) own two-week-long safety trial to assume that the fish is safe for human consumption," O'Neil added.

Why genetically modify salmon?

Many supporters believe that when salmon is bred to include not only genes of a variety of wild Pacific salmon, also called the Chinook salmon, with an ocean pout, a fish that resembles an eel, that it will result in a much faster growing salmon, cutting the length of time it takes to reach it's valued weight in half thus creating a cost savings for fish farmers, higher profits for the salmon industry and (promising) lower prices for consumers.

But what concerns us and others who oppose this new 'salmon,' is the affect it will not only have on human and pet health, but what affects it could have on the environment, as well. And once one man-made animal is approved it opens the door for many, many more genetically modified animals bred for human and pet consumption.

With promises of their sterile fish raised on land and in controlled pens from the marketed eggs, AquaBounty has said that AquaAdvantage poses no threat to the wild salmon population. However, recent research from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that the release of 60 GM salmon into a population of 60,000 wild fish would lead to the extinction of the wild fish in less than 40 generations. The big question is who will be regulating these marketed fish eggs and where the fish will be raised, as well as monitor the control of compliance by purchasers.

Big questions that need real answers before AquaAdvantage should be considered for approval. for human and pet consumption.

What You Can Do?

Have your say: From now until February 25th the FDA will be accepting public comment on its draft environmental assessment and you can provide your thoughts on by searching for docket number FDA-2011-N-0899-0002. And you may submit comments online here.

Take action: Since the direction this FDA action is taking is for approval, you can take assist in working for truth in GMO labeling causes through our friends at Just Label It. They have a wealth of information available about various laws in cities, counties and states throughout the US who are taking action on GMO labeling. And talk with your favorite dog food manufacturer; write them to voice your option about GE salmon and other GMO products and the inclusion of them in your pet's food.

Buy Organic: The only way to be certain you are not purchasing genetically modified products such as meats, vegetables and fruits is to purchase organic. Support your local organic farmer and local grocery that carries organic, tell them you want organic products and more of them, and show your support of organic through your purchasing power at the cash register.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Announcing the newly redesigned Raise A Green Dog!

Like every healthy, green dog, it's time for us to grow a little...and grow we have!

We are very excited to share with you our newly redesigned Raise A Green Dog website, chocked full of healthy, green, eco-friendly information, tips and products perfectly suited for green dogs and aspiring green dogs who want to have a healthier, happier life and environment.

Be sure and stop by and see our new site (and we'd love to hear what you think, just leave a comment with your feedback)!
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