Can in­sect pet food re­duce dogs’ car­bon paw­print which is twice that of a 4X4 drive car?

Global Times - - MOSAIC -

Love your dog, but worry about the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact of their meatheavy 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 four­legged friends,” said Tom Neish, the brains be­hind Yora dog food.

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 4x4 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.

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