Is Raw Pet Food Green?
Posted on March 01 2022
Many of our customers who are seeking out a more natural, holistic diet for their pets are also interested in environmental protection. It is not uncommon then that we are asked whether feeding a raw diet is a greener choice.
While there are valid arguments about the environmental impact of raising animals, small local farms raising pastured animals are healthier for the planet than concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) that practice industrial farming. Well managed cattle, for example, can actually keep the soil healthy. Crowded CAFOs can lead to soil erosion, air pollution, and deforestation. In addition, crowded and inhumane living conditions for the animals can invite disease which can be spread to humans.
At Longevity, we have always been committed to sourcing ingredients from small, local family farms with sustainable practices and a dedication to growing healthier ingredients. By using fresh, raw ingredients that are non-GMO (genetically modified) and often organic fruits and vegetables, our raw foods are greener in that they use less chemicals for growth and maintenance, being healthier for us, our pets, and our planet.
All raw diets also have the green advantage in that they are simple raw ingredients that do not require factory processing, using valuable energy and resources. Kibble production uses extensive factory processing and machinery to formulate, bake, and packaging. Sourcing our ingredients locally also means less transport costs and lower gas use for our supply chain.
As March marks the start of Spring and the celebration of St. Patrick's Day, green is all around us! This month, we're going to highlight some of the ways that a raw, species-appropriate diet is greener for the planet on our #LongevityRaw Facebook page. Join us to learn more all month long!