Thursday, December 20, 2007

Sit! Stay! Save the Planet!

I was in Harris Teeter tonight and saw these:

Newman's Own Organic Dog Treats and Lassie Natural Way Jerky Strips. So which treats endorsed by a washed up actor would your dog prefer?

I shouldn't make fun of them too much. While I don't know how many health benefits there could be in avoiding the buildup of pesticides and other chemicals in a relatively short-lived animal like a dog, there are definitely environmental benefits to be had.

sheer volume of pet food produced in the U.S. each year is staggering:
In the U.S. about 300 manufacturers produce more than 7 million tons of pet food each year, one of the largest categories of any packaged food. Pet owners can choose from more than 3,000 different pet food products, including the dry, canned, and semi-moist types, as well as snacks such as biscuits, kibbles, and treats. In the 1990s, this $8-billion industry feeds America's 52 million dogs and 63 million cats.
Organic pet food may seem frivolous at first glance. But wouldn't producing that 7 million tons of food organically without chemicals or pesticides help the environment just as much as organic human food?
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