Love your dog, but worried about the environmental impact of their meat-heavy diet? Now one British company is offering a solution – feed your pooch insects instead.
It launched a dry dog food on Thursday made from black soldier fly larvae in a bid to tackle the ‘carbon pawprint’ created by pets in the animal-loving nation.
‘One of the very best things we can do for the environment is to reduce our meat consumption, but up until now there haven’t been many options for our carnivorous four-legged friends,’ said Tom Neish, the brains behind Yora dog food.
There are nearly 9 million dogs in Britain where almost half of adults own a pet, according to the PDSA veterinary charity.
Studies suggest pets consume about a fifth of the world’s meat and fish, and a dog’s carbon footprint is more than twice that of a 4×4 car, according to Yora.
Compared to beef farming, it said the grubs need just 2 percent of the land and 4 percent of the water to produce each kilogram of protein, which means they generate 96 percent less greenhouse emissions.
The grubs are grown on vegetable waste at a Dutch farm and the left over matter provides fertiliser for crops.
Neish said a teaspoon of fly eggs could create 100 kg of high-protein larvae in 14 days.
‘It’s an amazing nutrient cycle that has been underutilised,’ he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.