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On this week’s show, we had a cameo appearance by Pascaline Clerc from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), who told of exciting news out of the European Union – they have banned the marketing of cosmetics and personal care products tested on animals! HSUS is celebrating this in conjunction with Humane Society International by hosting the first-ever Be Cruelty Free week (link directs to Facebook page). You can also visit the Humane Society Be Cruelty Free page to sign a pledge saying you won’t use products tested on animals, either!
We then chatted with Ryan Kellner from MightyO Donuts in Seattle, the makers of the all organic, vegan sweets that we, frankly, depend on here in Seattle to survive. Then, in lieu of having my sweet 16-year-old dog Duchess give her glorious review of V-dog, we spoke with Darren Middlesworth, Food Product Development and Director of Marketing for V-dog, LLC.
Read about the latest research about domestic dogs having evolved the ability to digest starch, as mentioned on today’s show by Darren:
1. E. Axelsson, A. Ratnakumar, M.-L. Arendt, K. Maqbool, M. T. Webster, M. Perloski, O. Liberg, J. M. Arnemo, Å. Hedhammar, et al., The genomic signature of dog domestication reveals adaptation to a starch-rich diet, Nature 2013. doi:10.1038/nature11837
2. B. N. Sacks, S. K. Brown, D. Stephens, N. C. Pedersen, J.-T. Wu, and O. Berry, Y chromosome analysis of dingoes and Southeast Asian village dogs suggests a Neolithic continental expansion from Southeast Asia followed by multiple Austronesian dispersals, Mol Biol Evol 2013. doi:10.1093/molbev/mst027
About our guests:
Ryan Kellner grew up traveling and living around the world gaining a unique perspective of people, cultures and the environment. He studied geology in college, and afterward worked in and outside the field of geology, while always ready to go someplace new. He pursued other passions as well such as teaching English in Mexico, volunteering on farms in Central America, and teaching science to inner city kids in the U.S. After settling in Seattle, he followed his aspiration to build a business (MightyO Donuts), and when not at work, he loves to spend his time outdoors hiking, biking, snowboarding, taking long walks, and hanging out with his wife Megan, daughter Sakura and son Leo.
Mighty-O started in 2000 with a simple idea to build a sustainable business. Our intention was to make an honest living while being mindful of people and respectful of the environment. We weren’t interested in producing anything that would just end up in a landfill or contribute to the pollution piling up in the world. Experiencing the Northwest culture, the burgeoning organic food movement, and sharing thoughts with our friends and community, we were inspired to create an organic donut. We couldn’t find anyone making a donut the way we envisioned. A sweet treat with no chemicals, no genetically modified organisms, and no animal products—something everyone could enjoy. Best of all: people love donuts.
Darren Middlesworth is the Food Product Development and Director of Marketing for V-dog, LLC, an all vegan dog food company, and head trainer at PlantFit Corporate Health and Wellness in San Francisco, Calif.
Darren has a BS in Exercise Physiology from UC Davis, as well as a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University. He is a Certified Personal Trainer. NASM. ACE. and Certified Flexibility Trainer. NASM. He also works as a Injury Free & Barefoot Running Coach.
We love Dogs of all sizes, shapes and scruffiness. Actually we love all animals, including cows, pigs and chickens – we don’t discriminate. Our mission is one of compassion for all animals and for our great green planet. We are grateful for the opportunity to educate dog owners and spread our passion through our 100% animal-free and cruelty-free V-dog food.
Our first commitment is to the health of dogs and we’ve done our research – Dogs are truly omnivorous animals that will thrive on a high-protein nutritiously balanced plant-based formula. Our second commitment is to minimize our contribution to Global Depletion. With an estimated 80 million dogs in the USA alone, a vegan dog, like a vegan human, leaves a much smaller paw print on our environment for reasons outlined on our website & eco-friendly packaging.