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22 May 2010


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Mary Haight

Thanks for covering this event - got the book, but great to hear author's overview and audience questions. While downer cows and research animals were not discussed, weird that there is no data on longevity or comparative pet health over time given changing diets.


Thank you so much for liveblogging this Christie!

My favorite: "It’s extremely difficult to induce a nutritional deficiency in an animal or person eating a sufficient variety of foods."

That is, as many here know, in stark contrast to the dire warnings from the FDA and pet food corporations that only men in lab coats could formulate a diet that would keep a pet alive.

H. Houlahan

they read “Small Animal Clinical Nutrition,” which goes on and on and on about how you must never feed a homemade diet and it’s so hard no one could do it, and then they give these recipes that are so simple anyone could do it.

Yeah! What she said!

I'm glad I'm not the only one to notice this. Was feeling a little reality disconnect there for a while.

Mary Mary

Wow! You got to hear Marion Nestle! I received "What to Eat" as a gift a few weeks ago and went straight to, and am stalled on, the fish chapter.

I just LOVE the book.

As for pet food, don't start me on the junk for rabbits. I stand at the pet store looking at 25 different options for treats and I would fee NONE of them to a rabbit.

Rabbits are vegans. Yet the first two ingredients on yogurt drops are cow milk + cane sugar. When I tell people in my rabbit classes to never feed yogurt drops, they all get a stricken look.

Cilantro, people! Now there is a treat food.

Lemon balm!


"Rabbits can eat basil?" they ask, eyes wide.


No, only if it's in a plastic package and has a bunch of chemicals added.

Gina Spadafori

One of my rabbits (the late and much missed Turbo) would attack a wolf for broccoli florets.

H. Houlahan

"Rabbits can eat basil?"

I guess none of them are gardeners.

Um, yeah, they sure can.

Mary Mary

I dump my rabbits' litterboxes around the perimater of my garden ... this is not scientifcally proven, but I believe it keeps the wild rabbits from eating my stuff.

The first year I actually TOLD a cottontail, who was watching me put the plants in, that I would not spray my property with chemicals and he was welcome to it all EXCEPT for my garden. And there was not one bite taken from my garden all summer, and I use no fencing.


H. Houlahan

Your bunny-whispering ways are much more gentle than our border patrol.

But then, we have a contract with the foxes; we bring them the heads and offal from butchering (the dogs get the feet and giblets) and leave it on the Official Fox Offering Stump at the far end of the south pasture, and they don't kill our poultry.

Also, we don't let anyone trap on our land, and only deer hunting allowed, though I make an exception for falconry.

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