Originally Posted by sjbgonecountry
It's true that animals left to fend for themselves may manage to survive, but the focus of the article is about how to feed a bird for optimum health, longevity and productivity. The National Research Council consolidates nutritional studies and distills them into the Daily Nutrient requirements for animals. So when we speak of a balanced diet, it's a diet that balances the amount of protein, energy, vitamins and minerals optimized for that particular species. It's unfortunate that you view this as an ad, as it was intended to educate and inform the consumer. We included in the article the results of numerous research studies conducted at independent laboratories and academic research institutions so you would have the facts. We believe that the more informed the consumer, the better choices you can make.
Well much of your information may have come from "independent laboratories and academic research institutions" I didn't see any research cited, which is why it looked like an ad to me. My apologies if this was not an advertisement. And I do thank you for supporting the website! As it has been a most valuable resource for me.
When formulating a balanced diet containing all essential nutrients, the problem arises that several vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids are only available in synthetic form. AAFCO acknowledged this dilemma by recommending “exceptions be made in the cases when chemically synthesized vitamins, minerals, or other trace nutrients are present as ingredients in the product, provided that the product is not a dietary supplement and that a disclaimer is used to inform the consumer that the vitamins, minerals or other trace minerals are not natural.”
I think that this paragraph, and the sentence regarding organic food being the same but just costing more, is what I took exception to. To me, personally, this defies logic and common sense. If synthesizing something in a laboratory is required to achieve "optimal health" I think our definitions of "optimal health" are probably quite different.
One more thing regarding "facts" - while they are supposed to be 100% objective and evidence based, truly FACTS, this is rarely the case and the FACTS to which I assume you refer are more than likely subjective "facts", vs objective "facts".
Does your Natural feed contain genetically modified ingredients?