The Fu­ture is Now: Cell-Cul­tured Pet Food, No An­i­mals Harmed; The Find: Get­ting Gutsy; Modern Dog Poll Ques­tion

Check it out—this is the pet food of the fu­ture!

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Bond Pets, a Colorado-based pet food com­pany, is cur­rently re­search­ing the devel­op­ment of cell-cul­tured meat, with the goal of pro­duc­ing health­ier, more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly food for pets. In­spired by com­pa­nies that are cre­at­ing sim­i­lar “clean meat” for hu­mans, Bond Pets hopes to pro­duce sus­tain­able pet food which avoids slaugh­ter­ing an­i­mals and de­creases en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print. The en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact of meat pro­duc­tion is enor­mous: live­stock farm­ing pro­duces 18 to 50 per­cent of all man­made green­house gas emis­sions. If ev­ery­one in the U.S. ate ve­gan for just one day a week for a year, it would be equiv­a­lent to tak­ing 7.6 mil­lion cars off the road. So what ex­actly is “cell-cul­tured” or “clean meat?” Over the past few years, sci­en­tists have learned to use self-re­new­ing cells to grow mus­cle tis­sue out­side of liv­ing an­i­mals, so that pro­tein can be grown in­side of a lab rather than taken from live an­i­mals. Food tech com­pa­nies such as Bond Pets be­lieve that the cre­ation of “clean meat” will in­crease trans­parency in the in­gre­di­ents of pet food, and will ad­dress the en­vi­ron­men­tal, health-safety, and hu­mane-an­i­mal­treat­ment prob­lems in­volved in meat pro­duc­tion. While Bond Pets cell-cul­tured pet food is still in its early stages, Hamp­ton Creek, a com­pany de­vel­op­ing cell­cul­tured meat prod­ucts for hu­mans, has said it has plans to in­tro­duce its first prod­uct to mar­ket this year. Cell-cul­tured pet foods could be on the mar­ket in a cou­ple of years. Stay tuned!

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