We all want the best for our furry friends to make sure we get the most out of our adventures together! And this is no different when it comes to what we decide to feed them. With current concerns over climate change, scientists have been turning their attention to the environmental impact of pet food. One suggestion that’s gaining popularity at the moment, is that insect-based pet food could be the way forward! Here at the Insurance Emporium, we decided not to let the opportunity fly by to find out more! Read on to discover what we found!
What’s the problem?
A study published in 2017 in the journal Plos One, found that pet’s consume around 20% of meat produced globally! The environmental impact of meat production has been of serious concern for some time now, and there have been calls to cut down on the amount of meat humans are eating. In the light of the above figure, this call could end up being extended to animals too!
Why do pets eat so much meat?
Many of us might choose to feed our pets meat-rich diets, and there could be good reason for this, especially for cats. Whilst dogs, like humans, are omnivores, cats need the taurine found in meat to remain healthy, and it’s something they can’t produce themselves. Traditionally, most pet foods have been made from parts of animals humans weren’t eating – however recent trends for feeding our dogs and cats more quality cuts mean this has changed. This could potentially be creating a greater demand for animals reared for meat, with a greater percentage of the animal going to waste. The result of this might mean an increase in the environmental impact of meat production, which is what many are so concerned about.
Worming its way in!
One solution that’s been proposed which could help cut down the meat consumption of our furry friends is insect-based pet food! The first dog food using bugs as its main source of protein to go on sale in the UK has been launched recently, creating quite a stir in the media! UK-based start-up Yora make their food using 40% black soldier fly larvae, which, they claim, is full of the nutrients a dog needs to remain healthy, and is easier to digest than chicken!
Will it make a difference?
That’s a question which is up for debate. As discussed above, traditionally much pet food has been made from animal by-products that humans either won’t or can’t eat. By replacing the meat in pet food with insects, these by-products might end up being wasted, and we could see little change in the amount of meat being farmed. If, however, humans gave bugs a go too, swapping some of the meat from their diets for smaller critters, it could reduce the need for so much meat production in the first place! However, a potential problem is that many people might need a lot of convincing before they tuck into a crispy grasshopper!
Whatever you decide to feed your pet, the important thing is that you both get the most out of every second you spend together! To provide peace of mind should any of your adventures become misadventures, it might be a good idea to consider taking out pet insurance for your moggy or doggy. With The Insurance Emporium, you could get up to 30% discount* on Pet Insurance. Get yourself down to The Insurance Emporium to find out more!
* The 30% discount is made up of 20% Introductory Discount plus 10% Multi-pet Discount (if appropriate). The Introductory Discount is available for the first 12 premium payments on lunar and calendar monthly policies or one premium payment on annual policies.
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