This was too much for me to not learning more about and then share the info on with you. It is no secret that I am a huge animal lover. My sweet 11 year old pup Ani is part of the family and has been my saving grace more than once. So the idea of feeding her bugs has even my stomach a little queasy. Nestlé, you know the company that makes everything from candy to snacks is expanding into the pet food industry. The way they are doing it is making a stir. The new line is made with insect protein and meat alternatives. Earlier today Nestlé announced the development of Purina Beyond Nature's Protein, a pet food product that uses insect protein, millet and fava beans.

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The new dry pet food line will only be sold at first in Switzerland as early as this month. If successful they will expand sales to other countries including the US by mid next year. There are two recipes so far that veterinarians and nutritionists came up with for dogs and cats. The first recipe is based on chicken, pig's liver, and millet, and the second uses insect protein, chicken, and fava beans. According to the release, the insect protein comes from black soldier fly larvae, which is an ingredient already used in animal feed in Europe. The fava beans and millet also provide protein, energy, and fiber to promote digestion.

Nestlé Purina Petcare EMENA CEO Bernard Meunier explained that the use of insect and plant proteins is a great way to keep your pet healthy and help protect the planet. "With our new Beyond Nature's Protein dry pet food, we are offering a complete nutritious alternative to conventional dog and cat products, while taking care of the planet's precious resources by diversifying the protein sources," Meunier said in the release, along with, "We're constantly looking at ways in which we can source sustainably for the longer-term while still delivering the high-quality nutrition that pets need today and tomorrow."

I am not sure how I feel about this, I get the positives but it is hard to wrap my brain around feeding my girl fly larva. ew. What do you think?


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