Pet owners concerned about the environment are switching to meals made from crickets, mealworms and black soldier flies, according to reports.
The move is designed to reduce the overall environmental impact household pets have on the planet, as insect farms have a lower carbon footprint than livestock.
Pets are able to thrive on a diet of insects, as they are rich in protein, according to a report in the Guardian, that says they are also high in fats, oils and minerals.
It’s estimated that by 2030 the insect-pet-food market will increase 50-fold over current levels, producing more than half a million tonnes per year.
Experts recommend owners transitioning to an insect diet do so slowly, as pets can be sensitive to sudden diet changes.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Ryan Morrison