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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 01-10-2019, 04:14 AM Thread Starter
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Insect Diet for Dogs

Interesting article -

Climate change: Will insect-eating dogs help? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-46811358
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It's nice to see this- the raw diet for dogs is very environmentally unfriendly, while kibble generally not as much so (uses parts of the animal people don't want), but with more and more people owning dogs these days, an insect based food is a good alternative.

Ideally we'd all raise our own free-range rabbits, chickens and goats for our dogs, off our land, but with more and more people living in urban centers, that's not practical. I'll be interested to see how this takes off. I'd try it, if it were available here.
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Could it get any more ridiculous? First cow farts and now our dogs have to eat bugs...give me a break! Climate change is a HOAX!

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Heidi, I do hope you are joking.

You also should realize that dogs literally evolved eating human waste, and by human waste I mean trash and unwanted food, and also quite literally human waste. Insects, mice, rotting carcasses. Domestic chickens and beef cattle were never on the menu, until recently.

I'm not going to be dragged into a global warming "debate", all you need to do is read the latest US Gov't report on climate change to find plenty of facts and evidence to demonstrate that anthropogenic greenhouse gases are causing the global temperature to warm at a pace that is far more rapid than any seen during the 10,000 or so years of human civilization. Humans have been around far longer than 10,000 years, but not enjoying anywhere near the standard of living we now take for granted, and at much smaller numbers living a hunter-gatherer lifestyle, with most of us dying as infants or toddlers, and old age being around 25- 30.
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Not joking at all, completely serious! Common sense is all it takes but that's sadly missing in this country! The "Global Warming" scam is driven by politics, not by science, most sane people know this.

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For years now I have heard off and on that in some cultures, people eat bugs and think it odd that we don't. Some bugs would make for a better diet and be easier to grow as a food source. To put that in terms of dog food doesn't surprise me. Newspapers have to find something interesting for their "lifestyle" pages and giving just a tid-bit of information keeps people interested.

Side note, I adopted a dog that was found stray. For awhile, if I took her to a concert at a park and bugs started to come up out of the grass, she would try to catch and eat them. As she was snapping at gnats I'd say, "Bailey, I feed you now. You don't have to eat bugs". It took her about a year to get over the felt need to hunt bugs.
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Deja eats wasps, house flies, grasshoppers, spiders and stink bugs already; all raw and organic!
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Not joking at all, completely serious! Common sense is all it takes but that's sadly missing in this country! The "Global Warming" scam is driven by politics, not by science, most sane people know this.
You truly believe this? Also curious what age group you fall into and assuming that you are in the US?
Global warming is far from a hoax. It seems ONLY US citizens that are convinced it is. The rest of the world is pretty aware we are now on borrowed time. And before you go there the US also has one of the worst public education systems of any developed country. Not trying to slam anyone but facts are facts. You are correct about common sense being lacking in the US though, although that may be a world wide issue.
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So taking the whole climate thing away cattle destroy land at an alarming rate. At least in the quantities that we are producing them. Keep in mind that domestic cattle are a human invention, just like dogs. There have never been wild Holsteins running around any more then there were wild poodles.
Also understand that with our "evolved" culture we waste far more then we consume. Yes leather is still used, but not in the quantities we slaughter cattle at. We also do not use much of the bone, tendon or organs. Keep in mind also that by some estimates as much as 60% of the food produced in the US is wasted. In Alberta, Canada were I was living there are fields of cattle that will never get sold. Why? Multiple reasons relating to age and market prices.
Which takes me full circle to the cattle destroying the land. Because they do not migrate like wild animals they walk on the same land year round, which destroys grassland and waterways, disrupts marsh land, interferes with the natural travel of other species and pollutes the ground. Understand that commercial herds number in the thousands commonly, which also plays into the spread of disease. Then we have the impact of transporting and processing.

I need to be really clear, a family raising a few stock for food is a much different impact then the commercial farms of today.

Bring on the grubs!
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Nyx, apparently, likes wasps too...though they don't seem to agree with her
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