Can vegan pet food be good for the planet and your pet?

December 20, 2018 by  
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Does your pup hover at your feet when the smell of bacon or steak wafts in his direction? It’s no surprise, considering the ingredients dogs are used to receiving and the evolution of the species. Every bag of food at the pet store promotes meat as its main ingredient. From chicken to lamb to bison, meat reigns supreme in the pet food world. Now it is coming to light that maybe it would benefit the planet and our pets if we moved to vegan food to fulfill their dietary needs. But is a plant-based diet both good for your pup and our Earth? Many companies are jumping into the plant-based pet food market. Celebrities are shining a light on the irony of providing shelter for animals and then feeding them animal-based foods. More and more people are beginning to question whether feeding meat-based foods is an unnecessary form of animal cannibalism. Does it make sense to rescue animals like rabbits in one effort and then raise them for slaughter in another? Related: A guide to the best eco-friendly holiday gifts for pets A potential issue with meat-based pet food is the consumption of meat in a world already stressed by the burdens that cattle and other livestock industries contribute to the planet. When you consider that animals drink water and also consume foods that require water to grow, the effects are staggering, and it explains why many vegans have chosen a meat-free diet. In addition to gouging water resources, animal production requires massive amounts of land. Opponents of the meat industry argue that all forms of fruits and vegetables produce more consumable food per acre and use significantly fewer resources. Some estimates report that eliminating meat from the pet food market could reduce the environmental impact by over 25 percent. Of course, there is also the ethical component in the mix. Ask any PETA member and they will scream out that raising animals entirely for the purpose of butcher is inhumane. Plus, there are well-documented issues about how these animals are treated during their short life cycles with little room to move, limited access to the outdoors and an inability to follow their instincts. Related: This sustainable dog house has a green roof and solar-powered fan to keep cool Many animals are already vegan . Think cows, hamsters and elephants, for starters. So we know that humans and some animals can survive without meat. But does that apply to our domestic friends, too? The question has been asked, “Is it healthy for animals to go vegan?” This is where science and veterinarians weigh in. In short, the answer is yes, cats and dogs can be perfectly healthy eating a vegan diet. Like humans, the key is acquiring the right nutritional balance. We associate meat with protein , but vegetables can fill that requirement just as well in many ways. There are exceptions, however. For example, some vets argue that cats and dogs do not absorb vitamin D from the sun and need to get it from their food. Specifically, dogs and humans can absorb D2 from foods, but cats need D3, only available in animal proteins. An inadequately balanced diet can result in a deficiency of minerals, nutrients, vitamins, amino proteins (especially taurine) and essential fatty acids. A shortage of these dietary needs can lead to irreversible medical issues. As the premium pet food market explodes, manufacturers are finding ways to make sure that food meets the nutritional needs of our pets. That means that many products spend time in a lab before being added to food. This food technology is not new. Scientists have worked toward meat substitutes in our food markets for many years. The advantage of transferring this technology over to animal products is that the consumer is a whole lot less picky. Where humans require a smell and texture similar to the meat variety, pets don’t care about tactile pleasure. That means that pet food produced with the help of a lab is faster and less expensive to make. It also means that scientists can carefully balance the nutrients in the food, even if the ingredients don’t provide them upfront. The bottom line is that pets need specific nutrients, regardless of what form they come in. These needs are well-backed by science, so everyone can agree that if the nutritional profile is being met, then it’s absolutely healthy for your pet to sustain a vegan-based diet. The problem is getting a guarantee that your pet food selection in fact meets those needs. Pet owners should not make the decision lightly. After all, modern day pets are members of the family, and we want to provide them the best care we can. When considering the switch to vegan pet food, there are several things to keep in mind. Make sure the food has been thoroughly tested through trials and has met the requirement outlined by the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials). Discuss the switch with your veterinarian; not only are they trained in animal diets, but they’ve seen the results of a poor diet and can guide you toward the best combination for your pet. Get a preliminary or baseline blood test for your pet, and take them back in for another test after six months. Never feed a vegan diet to puppies or kittens, or any animal that you plan to breed, as these groups have additional nutritional needs. While many see this as an opportunity to significantly reduce the carbon footprint from meat production and offer an alternative to the use of animals in animal food, others maintain the believe that there is no substitute for the real thing. Either way, the market is providing options for consumers on both sides of the aisle. Via Popular Science Images via Ish Ka , Mimzy and Shutterstock

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10 Reuse Ideas for CDs and DVDs

December 18, 2018 by  
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Making the switch to digitized music and movies can leave … The post 10 Reuse Ideas for CDs and DVDs appeared first on Earth911.com.

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10 All-Natural Makeup Brands to Fall in Love With

July 13, 2017 by  
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  If you’ve ever considered making the switch to natural or organic beauty products, you’ve no doubt experienced a bit of confusion as to what these terms truly mean. Though “eco-friendly” cosmetics have been increasing in popularity over the…

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The Biggest Pros and Cons of Electric Vehicles

May 3, 2017 by  
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Electric vehicles (EVs) have made huge technological strides since they were first introduced, and they’re more popular than ever before. Yet some drivers are still hesitant to make the switch from traditional gas-powered cars, in large part…

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Do you work for a self-regulating psychopath?

June 4, 2016 by  
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Don’t believe the Michelin Man and Ronald McDonald. Corporate social responsibility is an oxymoron, and citizens are “asleep at the switch.”

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10 simple lifestyle changes that can save you money

April 12, 2016 by  
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It’s never too late to take control of your personal finances . Whether you’re hoping to save up for a summer vacation or committed to making this year more financially successful than the last, learning frugality and how to save money are crucial to living a more comfortable and stable life. To help you get started, On Stride Financial created a handy infographic with 10 simple lifestyle tips on how to save, from reducing food waste to making the switch to non-branded foods. Keep reading for the full list. Read the rest of 10 simple lifestyle changes that can save you money

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This modular cardboard cat house is the ultimate play space for kitty

April 12, 2016 by  
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Looking for a way to keep your cat occupied (a.k.a away from your couch arms)? Behold, the BOX KITTY , a modular transforming cat house that lets you design a castle for your cat. Made with a strong, chemical-free and recyclable cardboard , each segment attaches with removable tabs allowing for endless designs in a myriad of shapes and sizes. Great for crawling, hopping, and napping, this easy-to-construct play space gives kitty (or multiple kitties) a much needed place to exercise and call their own. We could see something like this being especially ‘purrrfect’ for anyone without access to outdoor space. The BOX KITTY is now crowd-funding on Indiegogo . + BOX KITTY

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Popup LED Light Transforms into a Contemporary Deer Head with a Flip of the Switch

June 4, 2014 by  
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Those looking for a touch of whimsy in their next LED lamp fixture will love product designer Chen Bikovski’s Popup Deer Head light. Inspired by popup books, her origami-like lamp transforms from elegant wall art into a contemporary deer head with the simple flip of the switch. Fractured beams of light shoot through the edges of the lamp to mimic a pair of dramatic antlers. Constructed from folded aluminum and steel, this elegant lamp gives a classic and timeless feel that makes it adaptable to a multitude of environments. Want one of your own? There’s still time to nab a lamp at a discount price over on Bikovski’s Kickstarter ! + Popup Lighting Kickstarter The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chen bikovski , contemporary light , deer head lamp , green lighting , lamp , led lamp , led light , Light , origami lamp , popup lamp , popup lighting , reader submitted content

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Gorgeous Sustainably-Built Fall House Conforms to the Landscape in Big Sur

June 4, 2014 by  
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Eight US States Form Alliance to Put 3.3 Million Zero Emission Vehicles on the Road by 2025

June 4, 2014 by  
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Eight U.S. states just formed an alliance to drastically cut emissions by boosting the number of zero-emission vehicles on the road to 3.3 million by 2025. The multi-state ZEV Action Plan was launched by California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont. Together the eight states account for about 28 percent of the total vehicle sales in the United States. Read the rest of Eight US States Form Alliance to Put 3.3 Million Zero Emission Vehicles on the Road by 2025 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: California , connecticut , electric car , fuel cell vehicle , green car , green transportation , Maryland , Massachusetts , New York. , Oregon , rhode island , vermont , zero emission vehicle , ZEV Action Plan

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