There are approximately 500 million domestic cats and dogs in the world, accounting for up to 20% of the world's meat and fish consumption. This seriously affects environmental factors such as water consumption, land use, pesticides, increased CO2 emissions and even climate change.
The founder of British startup Yora, Tom Neish, offers an unusual solution to this problem - replacing meat for animal feed with protein obtained from the processing of larvae of soldier flies (Hermetia illucens).
A recent study from the University of California showed that if a quarter of the meat eaten by pets were “refocused” on humans, it could feed an additional 26 million people.
The benefits of insect food are obvious: they are rich in fats and proteins, and are also a source of vitamins and minerals. In addition, insects consume much less water than livestock, require less land and produce less greenhouse gases.
The only thing left is to convince the owners of cats and dogs that their actions directly affect the state of our planet. Whether startups like Yora can change our unhealthy environmental habits, time will tell.