Gregory S. Okin in Mic: Could feeding your dog bugs save the planet?
If America’s 163+ million dogs and cats were their own country, they’d rank fifth in worldwide meat consumption, according to a 2017 study by Gregory S. Okin, a professor at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA. There is a growing trend in pet food that sources bugs as its main source of protein instead of animal meat. Switching a dog from a chicken-based diet to a cricket-based diet can save up to 480,000 gallons of water per year, depending on the size of the dog. Could feeding your pets bugs help save the planet?