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What if bugs could feed your dog?

Insect-based kibble is mainly composed of insect proteins, the most commonly used being cricket and mealworm. Insects are rich in protein, fiber
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Team Jagger.Lewis
Date of publication
May 31, 2023
In recent years, the search for sustainable alternatives for animal feed has intensified. One of the most promising alternatives seems to be kibble produced from proteins derived from insects.

Insect-based kibble is mainly composed of insect proteins, the most commonly used being cricket and mealworm. Insects are rich in protein, fiber, and contain essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals.

In addition to insect protein, kibble generally contains grains, vegetables, fruits, and sometimes vitamin and mineral supplements to ensure a balanced diet.

The benefits of insect-based kibble
  1. Nutritional wealth:

    Insects, such as mealworms or crickets, are rich in high-quality proteins, essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals. They offer a complete source of nutrients necessary for the health and well-being of our pets.

  2. Optimal digestibility:

    Insect proteins are more easily digestible for our pets than some other animal protein sources, such as beef or chicken meat. Insects are also less likely to cause food allergies in sensitive animals.

  3. Environmental sustainability:

    Raising insects for animal feed requires fewer natural resources, water, and agricultural land than traditional livestock farming. In addition, insects produce fewer greenhouse gases and generate less waste than conventional farm animals.

  4. Less impact on biodiversity:

    Breeding insects for animal feed is less destructive for biodiversity. Unlike intensive livestock farming, which often requires deforestation for the expansion of pastures, insect farming can be carried out in a more vertical and less invasive manner for natural habitats.

The disadvantages
  1. Some animals may be reluctant to accept insect-based kibble because of its unusual smell or texture. However, over time, most animals get used to them and end up enjoying them.

  2. Although the popularity of insect-based kibble is increasing, it is not yet widely available on the market. Therefore, it may be difficult to find these products in certain stores or regions. However, more and more brands are starting to produce insect-based kibble, which should improve their availability in the future.

Insect-based kibble offers a promising alternative to traditional kibble for our pets. Their nutritional richness, their optimal digestibility, their environmental sustainability and their lower impact on biodiversity make them an interesting choice. While some disadvantages remain, such as initial animal acceptance and limited availability, these barriers are likely to decrease over time. In the end, insect-based kibble is an option to consider for those who want to offer alternative and sustainable food to their pets.

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