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The length of time a food can remain edible is called "shelf-life." Much of modern food processing has become mortuary science rather than life science. Embalming foods to create endless shelf-life has become a preoccupying obsession in the food industry.

Rocks and cardboard keep well in paper bags for a year. But since when do highly nutritious foods do so? Pet foods are comprised of grains, dairy products, meats, oils, fats, vitamins and minerals, all of which - unless they are altered significantly, which nutritionally neutralizes them - deteriorate with time.

Notice what happens to foods which you know to be highly nutritious. Can you put a steak, some yogurt, cheese, bread, vegetable oil, and cereal in a paper bag and leave it in your cupboard for six months or a year and then find it suitable to eat? Hardly. Leaving such things exposed in this way for even a day is unwise. Real, nutritious foods are fragile, and easily deteriorate in the presence of oxygen and light. If something in a paper bag lasts a year or more on a shelf, can it really be a food?

Food processors are not magicians. Something must give to make meat, eggs, milk, etc. last in a paper bag. What gives is nutrition. Health is, in effect, traded for shelf-life.

Consumers must therefore use the same common sense about how their pet foods are packaged that they would use about foods which they, themselves, consume. To properly preserve fragile nutritional value, foods must be carefully prepared and rapidly packaged in oxygen-free and light-barrier packages. Additionally, fresh grocery foods (fed fresh) should be supplemented to the diet (see the Optimal Health Program). Uneaten portions should be immediately sealed and refrigerated.


  • Average gallons of milk a dairy cow now produces in a year: 1703. Average produced in 1950: 618
  • Average number of weeks it now takes the poultry industry to produce a full grown chicken: 6. Average number of weeks it took in 1940: 12.
  • " Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself." - Tolstoy
  • " A liberal is a person whose interests aren't at stake at the moment." - Willis Player
  • " A remedy for masturbation which is almost always successful in small boys is circumcision. The operation should be performed by a surgeon without administering anesthetic, as the pain attending the operation will have a beneficial effect upon the mind." - Dr. John Henry Kellogg in his book on modern medicine...1888
  • Our national flower is the concrete cloverleaf.
  • Live an honorable life. When you get older you'll enjoy it over and over.
  • Muscles come and go; flab lasts.
  • " Health food makes me sick." - Calvin Trillin
  • Number of US doctors whose surname is Nurse: 3.
  • Gallons of Kool-Aid™ consumed by Americans this summer: 204,000,000.
  • Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is mystery. Today is a gift, that's why it's called present.

Best of health to you and yours from all of us here at Wysong.

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