Meat is the central ingredient in commercial pet food. Cats evolved eating it and, in the wild, meat is the only single source of complete nutrition for both cats and dogs. However, the demand for meat — by not only humans but also cats and dogs — has come with some devastating consequences, including climate change, animal cruelty and risks to public health.
When it comes to feeding cats and dogs, Because, Animals recognizes the nutritional value of meat. For this reason, Because, Animals is not creating a meat alternative — we are creating meat that is produced in an alternative way. Specifically, Because, Animals is creating cultured meat for pets.
Cultured meat is 100% bio-identical to traditional meat. It has the same nutritional value and composition as animal-based meat. Cultured meat is made by growing animal cells inside of a bioreactor instead of inside an animal.
Cultured meat allows people to continue to feed cats and dogs the meat they love without any of the negative impacts associated with traditional meat. No animals raised inhumanely for slaughter. No greenhouse gas emissions. No wasteful use of natural resources. No antibiotics or growth hormones. And, no risk to pet or human public health in terms of bacterial contamination and zoonotic diseases.
To learn more about the future of pet food and our cultured meat process, check out our newly published White Paper - Cultured Meat: The Future of Pet Food authored by Shannon Falconer, PhD, CEO and co-founder of Because, Animals.