"LET THEM EAT BUGS"

Modern Dog - - THE SCOOP -

New cricket treats for dogs are not only tasty, they’re an ex­cel­lent pro­tein source and great for the en­vi­ron­ment as well! Here’s the thing about meat—whether you love it or hate it, most of us can agree that meat-eat­ing has a neg­a­tive af­fect on the en­vi­ron­ment and, of course, on the an­i­mals them­selves. Ac­cord­ing to the David Suzuki Foun­da­tion, live­stock pro­duc­tion ac­counts for 70 per cent of all agri­cul­tural land use, oc­cu­pies 30 per cent of the planet’s land sur­face and is re­spon­si­ble for 18 per cent of green­house gases such as methane and ni­trous ox­ide. They also point out that grow­ing an­i­mals for food is also in­ef­fi­cient; it takes about five to seven kilo­grams of grain to pro­duce one kilo­gram of beef. Each of those takes en­ergy and wa­ter to pro­duce, process, and trans­port. Un­de­ni­ably, as global meat con­sump­tion in­creases, so does its cli­mate im­pact. Plus, it’s ex­pen­sive. What’s an en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious dog lover to do? Here’s the quick an­swer: turn to in­sects! Though the idea might make some peo­ple squirm, many in­sects are not only safe and nu­tri­tious to con­sume, but are high in pro­tein, with lev­els com­pa­ra­ble to the pro­tein lev­els de­rived from beef and milk. Ac­cord­ing to The Sci­en­tist Magazine, house crick­ets, for ex­am­ple, con­tain ap­prox­i­mately 21 grams of pro­tein per 100 grams of cricket, while ground beef con­tains ap­prox­i­mately 26 grams per 100 grams of meat. On top of this, due to their abun­dance and size, in­sects are much eas­ier to pro­duce sus­tain­ably and hu­manely than live­stock. By us­ing 93 per­cent less land and con­sum­ing 83 per­cent less feed than live­stock, crick­ets emit far fewer green­house gas emis­sions into the en­vi­ron­ment. On top of all of this: crick­ets are tasty. They are eaten as a snack in many parts of the world and it turns out dogs love them too! Anne Carl­son, a pas­sion­ate busi­ness­woman in the pet in­dus­try, rec­og­nized crick­ets’ win­ning combo of nutri­tion, sus­tain­abil­ity, and nutty tasti­ness, and drew an ob­vi­ous con­clu­sion—crick­ets would make for an awe­some su­per­food, per­fect for our dogs. By com­bin­ing cricket pro­tein pow­der with other de­li­cious and nu­tri­tious in­gre­di­ents, Anne cre­ated Jiminy’s, a line of ex­cel­lent, pro­tein-rich treats for dogs. Chock-full of iron, vi­ta­mins, and fiber as well as pro­tein, these tasty, earth-friendly cricket dog-cook­ies are a per­fect way for your pup to get all of the nu­tri­ents he needs. Find them at jiminys.com.

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