If America’s dogs and cats were their own country, their meat consumption would rank 5th in the world.
Livestock produces more than a third of methane emissions in the U.S. - a greenhouse gas 28 times more powerful at warming the planet than carbon dioxide.
Aren’t those stats insane? They’re some of the biggest reasons we started Neo Bites. We knew we wanted to build a company that wasn’t just solving the pet food industry’s health problems, but also had a positive impact on our planet and provided a solution for the contemporary dog.
Transparency and sustainability are not just two of our core values - they’re built into our DNA. Before we make any decision, we determine its impact on the environment, and then source the least impactful and most efficient solution. Everything from our ingredients and protein sources, to our packaging and shipping methods.
As a bonus, we joined 1% For The Planet and have committed 1% of our sales to environmental nonprofits. As a startup, every cent counts - but that was a non-negotiable for us.
We’re not going to pretend that we’re perfect. We know we could always improve on our sustainable mission, so we’re actively seeking innovative solutions as the climate-friendly industry grows.
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Current go-to protein sources have a massive environmental impact and are extremely unsustainable. The top meat and dairy corporations produce more greenhouse gases (GHGs) than Exxon, Shell, or BP.
Only 2.5% of water on Earth is freshwater, and only 10.6% of the Earth’s total land area is arable (capable of growing crops). Yet today’s agricultural industry uses 70% of both freshwater and arable land.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations says that insects have a huge opportunity to meet the rising demand for meat products. This demand for meat products is expected to more than double by 2050, but the environmental costs of meeting these demands with our current solutions – traditional meat products - are not sustainable long-term.
Crickets use a fraction of the resources used by meat products. They use less water, less feed, less land, and they produce more edible weight. They also produce virtually no GHGs, ammonia, or methane, and can reproduce much faster than large mammals. They’re a future protein for the contemporary dog.