Insects for dogs? Yes! As an alternative source of protein!
Thanks to InsectDog hypoallergenic, we hope to help dogs with food intolerances. Beyond that, we would also like to offer you and your four-legged friend the chance to help protect the environment by using insect protein.
We are aware that many people initially react to insects with scepticism or even disgust. Why is that?
Eating insects? Isn't that a taboo?
For many of us in the Western world, insects are considered undesired "pests". Very few people know that there are actually many more useful than harmful insects. Bees provide us with delicious honey and wax in addition to pollinating our plants, and many insects do a great job fighting other, truly harmful pests in an organic way. Yet insects as food for people or in our loyal four-legged friends' bowls? At the very thought of it, many people feel disgust initially. But where does this reaction come from? The feeling of disgust is an emotion we are born with. What exactly provokes disgust within us is primarily influenced by our cultural background and the society in which we live. What is "disgusting" in Western countries, may very well be a completely normal source of food in other parts of the world. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, insects figure on the traditional menu for roughly 2 billion people. More than 1900 insect species are used as a source of food for human consumption. Many types of insects are even considered a gourmet specialty. There are many other good reasons to be open to using insects for human and animal food:
Insects are good for our climate
Meat production leads to considerable environmental damage. Using insects in dog food can make a great contribution to climate protection because producing them is clearly better for the environment. Here's a detailed look:
- Greenhouse Gases
The emission of greenhouse gases on a global level is due in large part to the production of animal-based foodstuffs, whether intended for human or animal consumption. The production of 1 kg beef results in 175 kg greenhouse gases. The production of 1 kg insect protein results in the relatively small amount of 14 kg.
- Soil Pollution
Ammonia (NH3) is released via the excrement of livestock such as cattle or swine. This also has a negative impact on climate change and leads to the pollution of soil and water. In comparison to raising pigs, raising insects releases much less ammonia: pigs produce 1140 mg NH3 per kg of weight gained; insects on the other hand, only 1 mg NH3.
- Water Consumption
In the future, access to water will become more and more difficult: the organisation Welthungerhilfe estimates that roughly 3 billion people will suffer from water shortage in 2025. Meat production contributes considerably to this problem. 1 kg meat has a "water footprint" of approximately 15,000 liters in comparison to 4,000 liters for 1 kg of mealworms. Raising mealworms requires a lot less water than for cattle because they are much more resistent to lack of water.
- Land Use
The production of meat and other animal-based food uses up a large portion of the land available around the world for agriculture. In order to produce 1 kg of beef protein, ten times more land is required than for the production of 1 kg insect protein from mealworms, for example.
- Food Shortage
Because, by the year 2030, we will need to feed over 9 billion people along with billions of animals, food shortage will be a major issue. Insects are cold-blooded and therefore, in comparison to conventional livestock, process their feed much more efficiently. On average, insects can transform 2 kg of feed into 1 kg of insect mass. Cattle, on the other hand, need 8 kg of feed to produce 1 kg of body mass. In addition, insects are very easy to please and can process feed with very high raw-fibre content that we people could never process so efficiently.
Insects are a valuable source of protein
Insects help protect our environment and, at the same time, are good for feeding our four-legged companions. Dog food with insect protein is at least as good as dog food with conventional meat. Insects provide not only valuable proteins, but also precious fatty acids and mineral substances.
Ecologically speaking, it makes sense to use insects in dog food. They use fewer resources and provide an excellent supply of protein. In addition, insects are the ideal basis for hypoallergenic kibble since they have only been used seldomly as a source of protein in dog food in the past. With InsectDog hypoallergenic, we offer a solution to dogs with nutrient intolerances. And we are giving responsible dog owners the opportunity to help protect the environment.