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Q. I've been using a clumping, scoopable cat litter that is made primarily from corn. Recently my local pet stores were out of that brand, so I switched to one made primarily from wheat. The grain-based formulas seem to work better than the synthetic kinds, and they're not perfumed -- and I've assumed they're at least marginally better for the rest of the planet than, say, clay varieties, both to manufacture and to dispose of. However, I've been wondering about where that corn comes from: Am I contributing to GMOs and other horrendous farming practices by using the corn variety? Is the wheat any better? Am I starving hungry families by using a food crop so I don't have to live with the smell of cat poop? Please pour out your answer ...
A. Dearest Tonia,
Your question echoes several others I’ve received recently dealing with the unpleasant problem of, well, poop. We’ve covered composting toilets and doggy doo, so why not address man’s other best friend and her litter box, too?