lIn striving to 'eat right' whatever that might mean to us - healthier, organic, humanely produced etc. we sometimes forget that our personal ethos around food should extend to our pets too. Here are a couple of companies that are working to improve the sourcing of their ingredients. The first is Tender & True. The chicken is rated 3 on the Global Animal Partnership 5 Step rating system, the turkey step 1, and the fish is certified sustainable with the Marine Stewardship Council. So OK while the turkey rating isn't the best it is still a step in the right direction away from conventionally raised turkey. The good thing about this brand is that the meat and fish have third party verification.
The other brand is Acana and does not carry the weight of third party verification. It boasts that the meat is sourced from "free run" animals but looking at their chicken supplier and its website I think 'free run' is stretching the point a bit. The chickens are in sheds with a door to the outside but I am not sure how attainable 'outside' is, plus the chicken used is one of the fast growing breeds which are not suitable or adaptable for the outdoors.
I guess the only sure fired way of knowing the source of your ingredients is to cook your own pet food using meat from farmers you can trust.....but this has its drawbacks - time, getting the right balance of nutrients, and convenience.
We would love to know your thoughts.
- Gillian F2B team