Insect Based Food Better For Pets Than Regular MeatKeith
Pet owners are being asked by vets to feed their dogs and cats on a diet mainly consisting of insects.
The British Veterinary Association says some insect-based foods can be better for pets than the best steak.
Vets expect resistance from some pet owners, but they say surveys point to that many would accept insect-based food.
The insects which appear to be being used are the larvae of black soldier flies.
Advocates say insect protein provides a more environmentally-friendly alternative to standard pet food.
This could be a fantastic opportunity at looking at insects to provide alternative sources of some of the nutrients we use in pet food.
It is generally thought to be essential to find food sources that did not use up soil or water, or fuel climate change, and it was better for meat to be fed to humans than pets.
There may be an economic benefit. Putting insects into pet food will let supplies of offal to be exported to East Asia, where the BVA says there is strong demand.