Reducing the environmental impact of pet food
10 February 2020
Pet owners rarely consider the environmental paw-prints of our furry companions.
“We haven’t realized until now just how significant a contribution to climate change pet food and pet food production is,” Dr. Ernie Ward, a veterinarian and co-author of The Clean Pet Food Revolution, said. “We’re feeding our pets a lot of animals.”
This realization led Dr. Ward to co-found Wild Earth, a Berkeley-based startup that uses a cultured fungi-based protein (koji) to make meatless dog food and treats. Other companies, Because Animals and Bond Pet Foods, are also developing proteins that don’t come from raised and slaughtered animals. It’s a mission similar to other Bay Area startups that provide meatless “meat” for human consumption, such as Impossible Foods and Finless Foods.
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