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#1 ChooChoo

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 11:48 PM

Dog food made from insects to go on sale in UK for first time

 

Globally pets consume 20% of meat and fish, a figure insect pet food could help to reduce

 

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The insects in the new dog food from startup Yora are the larvae of black soldier flies (Hermetia illucens). Photograph: Guillaume Souvant/AFP/Getty Images

 

The UK’s first dog food made from insects goes on sale this week, which its manufacturers say could help reduce the environmental damage caused by the massive volumes of meat routinely fed to dogs and cats.
 
Globally, pets consume about 20% of the world’s meat and fish, a number set to rise with the trend for consumers to feed them human-grade meat. Pet food is also estimated to be responsible for a quarter of the environmental impacts of meat production in terms of use of land, water, fossil fuels, phosphates and pesticides.
 
Insects provide a relatively high 40% of the protein in the new product from startup Yora. They are dried and ground with oats, potato and “natural botanicals”. The current version comes in the form of dried pellets, although Yora says it hopes to launch a “wet” version later in the year.
 
Environmental experts have long recommended insects as a relatively sustainable food source that could help end world hunger and reduce the damaging environmental impact of meat production. Insects are also very nutritious, containing essential proteins, fats, minerals and amino acids, and are easy for animals to digest.
 
“Animals and humans have been eating insects since the dawn of time” said Yora founder Tom Neish. “We have trialled 29 recipes to find the perfect combination of great tasting ingredients and are very proud of the end result. Yora enables dog owners to take the lead in giving their dog a nutritious, tasty food while having a positive impact on the environment.”
 
In November, Sainsbury’s became the first major UK grocer to stock edible crickets – barbecued crickets sold as snacks in small bags. In total, more than 1,000 insect species are eaten around the world but hardly feature in the diets of many rich nations.
 
The insects in Yora’s dog food are the larvae of black soldier flies (Hermetia illucens) which are reared by protein nutrient company Protix in Eindhoven in the Netherlands. They can turn vegetation that would otherwise be wasted into body mass quickly and sustainably. Other dog foods made from bugs have been launched in the USA and Germany, but with a lower insect content.
 

 


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Posted 10 January 2019 - 11:56 PM

I ain't feeding my baby with that! 


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#3 Jihyo StoleMyHeartAYAYAY

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 12:20 AM

thats wthplz.png


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#4 Mark Lee

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 12:36 AM

Sorry, my dogs are not vegans they wont eat that.
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Posted 11 January 2019 - 10:12 AM

Insects provide a relatively high 40% of the protein in the new product from startup Yora. They are dried and ground with oats, potato and “natural botanicals”

protein is indeed protein, but none of these ingredients are what dogs naturally eat. not to mention other nutritions. also i bet they'd still add some meat or fish flavor in it.
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Posted 11 January 2019 - 02:40 PM (Edited by Riserise, 11 January 2019 - 02:42 PM.)

I know it seems disgusting, but since they are low fat and high protein, eating insects would have health benefits for people as well.

 

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 09:24 PM (Edited by discobread, 11 January 2019 - 09:35 PM.)

This will never fly with cats, they'd rather starve to death than eat bugs


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Posted 12 January 2019 - 12:25 AM

This will never fly with cats, they'd rather starve to death than eat bugs


This cat used to care for used to eat the meal worms I had set out for the birds.
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Posted 12 January 2019 - 02:26 AM

No thanks. I will stick to what they naturally eat.

 

Sorry, my dogs are not vegans they wont eat that.

 

Insects are technically animals. So vegans don't eat that either...


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Posted 13 January 2019 - 04:55 AM

I ain't feeding my baby with that! 


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Posted 13 January 2019 - 07:11 AM

I mean this project is definitely backed with good intentions, I would never eat an insect since I have phobia, but they're indeed very nutritious and I see no harm to process it as pet food, as long as it doesn't cause any harm of course.


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Posted 13 January 2019 - 07:39 AM

This will never fly with cats, they'd rather starve to death than eat bugs

Cats often eat insects.


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Posted 13 January 2019 - 11:57 AM

Maybe a better choice. At least you don't need to GMO insect. :)


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Posted 13 January 2019 - 12:26 PM

I'm looking forward to manmade meat and more insect-based dishes for humans. It's what we deserve tbh. And in some places, it's normal to eat anyways.

 

We ruin the earth with our food habits and then turn our noses up at this way more environmentally friendly food source? Humans are the cockroaches.


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Posted 14 January 2019 - 05:30 AM

I'm looking forward to manmade meat and more insect-based dishes for humans. It's what we deserve tbh. And in some places, it's normal to eat anyways.

We ruin the earth with our food habits and then turn our noses up at this way more environmentally friendly food source? Humans are the cockroaches.


should we exterminate some human populations then? 😀
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