For the past 10+ years I have been doing research at the intersection of biology, environment and engineering and my research questions were inspired by: “How does nature do it? How can we learn from her?” A couple of years ago I became interested in the sustainability of our food systems. How do we feed our loved ones in a way that is sustainable? How can we feed them today in a way that they can thrive but that it will also support their future in this planet?
I came to realize that while we as humans have been trying to reduce our meat consumption for health, sustainability and animal welfare reasons, the opposite has happened in pet food. Our furry friends consume 25% of meat produced in North America!! However, removing meat from our pets’ diets is not an easy task, pets need nutrients that plants cannot provide. In 2019 everything clicked…what if we go beyond the “meat vs. plant” debate?
At HOPE, we use alternative proteins from across the tree of life, such as insects, algae and yeast to make the perfect blend of alternative proteins. My definition of a perfect protein blend is one that supports our pets health with an appropriate amino acid profile, is sustainable and is cruelty-free. The latest evidence in pet nutrition confirms that these novel sources of nutrients are great for our pets and the cherry on top? They love the taste!
As a Scientist and a mother of 2 humans and 1 canine, my commitment to them and to you, is to do better for our pets and our planet and HOPE Pet Food is an evidence-based company guided by science and kindness.