I had a Cocker Spaniel who loved to eat spiders (specifically, daddy long legs). Whenever he saw one he’d gobble it up; it didn’t matter if we told him no or tried to grab it with a paper towel before he ate it. I’ve heard of other dogs eating various types of bugs, so it wasn’t much of a surprise when I heard about a Kickstarter campaign that was asking dog owners to intentionally feed their pups crickets.
Well, it’s not so much a bowl full of crickets as it is dog treats made from cricket flour (yes, there’s such a thing as cricket flour). If I were told that the cookie I was eating was made from cricket flour I’d likely spit it out. However, our dogs don’t have that stigma, so why not feed it to them? Crickets, by the way, are an excellent source of protein.
The Kickstarter campaign was started by EntoBento, a company comprised of dog lovers who want to “bring a nutritious and sustainable source of protein to the pet industry by introducing a grain-free, human-grade dog treat, made with cricket powder,” the campaign page states. Over the last year, EntoBento tested more than 100 recipes and collaborated with experts, including veterinarians, dog nutritionists, pet industry experts, entomologists and environmentalists. The results, according to Kickstarter, are that the treats are human-grade, made in the U.S.A., grain-free and have high nutritional value and no artificial preservatives.
You may be wondering why the San Diego-based company chose to use cricket powder for their dog treats. They state on their Kickstarter page that besides being nutritious, “cricket powder is one of the most sustainable forms of protein on the planet. Typical meat sources, like beef and chicken, require a lot of land, water, and other resources to produce. For example, one pound of beef requires about 2,000 gallons of water to produce! In comparison, one pound of crickets requires just about 1 gallon of water, not to mention much less land and other resources.”
At press time, the campaign had reached $7,883 of its $15,000 goal, with 26 days left to go. To learn more or to back the project, visit Kickstarter. For additional information on EntoBento, check out the company’s Facebook page.