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made changes to reduce their contribution to the ecological
concern due to their environmental cost and impact. However
problems facing humanity.
on a positive note, over the past few years, I have witnessed a
"The pet food industry as a whole needs to do a better job
shift toward plant-based alternatives derived from legumes and
sharing all the ways we work harmoniously with the human
more eco-aware animal proteins like crickets and mealworms."
food industry," Elizabeth Barber, F.L. Emmert Company, vice
president of corporate development, said. F.L. Emmert's prodEcological stewardship by pet food brands and
ucts derive from brewer's yeast, a coproduct of the brewing
ingredient suppliers
industry. Besides Australian Vegemite, supplements and the
Blitz singled out green lipped mussels as a prime example of
last swig of a hefeweizen, few human foods use the brewer's
sustainability in Green Source Organic's portfolio of products.
yeast directly. Yeast doesn't compete for human food while
Their mussels grow in New Zealand's Marlborough Sound
providing minerals, vitamins and other nutrients in pet foods
under the supervision of sustainable aquaculture programs.
along with gut health benefits. However, people increasingly
Other pet food companies and ingredient suppliers have
demand pet foods made from the same ingredients as human
taken a similar strategy of stewardship for the ecosystems that
food, while coproducts have become anathema among some
support their businesses.
consumers, as humanization influences pet dietary choices.
"Healthy Food Ingredients is part of the Carbon DiscloThat attitude can have environmental consequences.
sure Project in which we continually monitor and annually
"They like the idea of recycling and sustainability, but
report water and energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and
they don't want to feel like they're feeding their pets recycled
transportation of ingredients from our facilities," Grinde said.
ingredients they wouldn't eat themselves," Barber said. "That
"All HFI-owned facilities have completed a (Sedex Members
presents a unique challenge to pet food manufacturers that
Ethical Trade Audit) SMETA ethical audit."
do their best to minimize food waste by using leftovers from
There may even be ways to produce human-grade foods
human food production ... We play a critical,
positive role in the efficient use of raw materials
that benefits the environment by reducing waste
and providing valuable nutrition to animals.
Without this sustainability cycle between food
manufacturers and pet food companies, animal
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health would decrease and environmental costs
would increase. The pet food industry in general
practices a high degree of ecological awareness."
Conservation and environmental aspects
haven't always been a major motivating principle in the
for pets while conserving resources for future generations and
use of coproducts, though. Using every available ingredient
respecting the well-being of livestock. For 20 years, Ayrshire
produced by the human food system makes economic sense.
Farm in Upperville, Virginia, USA, has produced organic
It also honors the lives of the animals, plants and fungi by not
and certified humane livestock products and other items for
wasting their sacrifice. Along with the rejection of coproducts,
human consumption, while offering agrotourism to urbanites
which may increase wastage of protein and other nutrient
from nearby Washington, D.C. The farm launched Gentle
sources, pet owners increasingly demand prime muscle tissue
Harvest MeatMe raw frozen food and dehydrated treats for
in their animals' foods. This competes for human food in a
dogs and cats.
world where millions are malnourished. Likewise, it increases
"Now we're making pet food alongside the human food
the relative amount of pollution and resource use associated
in the same plant," Laura Clark, vice president of product
with the production of high-meat pet food versus convendevelopment with Gentle Harvest, said. "It's also certified
tional formulations.
humane and certified organic. Our company is vertically
"Proteins, as I see it, have been a huge area of change in
integrated, so that we not only have control of the animal
feed applications," said Blitz. "As pet parents seek to feed their
when it's alive, we also have our own farm and processing
fur kids human-like diets, the demand for quality animal
plant, we have our own abattoir, so we have total transparproteins has increased to what I believe should be a point of
ency from birth to bowl."

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Pet food supply chain risks include labor, animal welfare
Speaking of...
News and Calendar
I AND LOVE AND YOU pet food: success from human-pet bond
Pet food sustainability established beyond trend level
Vitamin supplementation: good things in small packages
Dissecting DCM: when dogs’ diets are incomplete, imbalanced
Petfood Forum Asia offers new business strategies, insights
Pet food changes coming in first AAFCO meeting of 2020
Turmeric: ancient spice may offer osteoarthritis relief in dogs, cats
Specialty vs. mass pet care buying trends in e-commerce age
New Products
Marketplace
Advertiser’s Index
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Petfood Industry - February 2020 - Pet food supply chain risks include labor, animal welfare
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