Ever wondered what impact feeding your dog had on the environment?
A quarter of the impact that meat production has on the environment stems from the pet-food industry. Pets are usually fed a low-quality diet when compared to what us humans eat, they’re fed meat and bone meal, Offal, Animal digest and other by-products. Many pet owners deem these ingredients to be undesirable or downright unhealthy for your pets, and many are increasingly being drawn to feeding their dogs higher quality, human grade meat and you can see why.
This awareness is increasing and there has been a clear transition to feeding our pets a more wholesome diet, but it does come at a cost. To produce more higher quality meat, it means farmers must discard more of the animal than they would have used/sold before, this decreases the efficiency of farming and increases the demand for more livestock, not a good combination for the sustainable future.
If its higher quality protein that people want for their pets, what about crickets?
Crickets boast a protein percentage of 69% per 100g, they also contain all the essential amino acids in higher quantities than all traditional protein sources, beef for example has a protein percentage of 26% per 100g.
It is well documented that dogs can smell and identify foods that have high and low amino acid profiles and will shy away from foods that lack even a single amino acid. This rating system shows what a dog sees as a ‘quality feed’, so if our pets identify foods with high amino acid profiles as ‘high-quality’ crickets would most definitely have a place in their diets.
We’ve only covered the benefits of protein, but by feeding our pets crickets we provide them with a whole host of nutrients not usually found in the traditional protein sources that we feed our pets. You can find more omega-3 essential fats in crickets than you can in salmon, when given to our pets it improves their fur/skin which makes them feel and look healthy. Crickets also contain more Fibre per 100g than broccoli, it improves our pets’ gut health and defends them from anything that they may eat by accident in the park or on a walk.
In addition to all those wonderful health benefits is that crickets are the most sustainable and efficient protein source in the world.
Studies done have found that crickets emit 1% of the Greenhouse Gases that cows do, while producing more than double the amount of protein. When you compare the water and feed requirements to produce 1kg of protein crickets are the outstanding winner, for 1kg protein crickets only need 1 litre of water compared to 2,300 for chickens and 22,000 for cows! when you look at the feed requirements crickets require 1.7kg of feed per 1kg of protein, whereas chickens need 2.5kg and cows need whopping 10kg.
Crickets are more sustainable and efficient than other sources of protein while containing a higher quantity and quality of protein.
Our world needs us to step up and make lots of changes, some harder than others but, feeding your dog something different is a simple way to help your dog help our world.