“With the sustainable, organic, grass-fed beef revolution well underway, we believe it’s high time for the same quality meats to make their way from the dinner plate to the pet bowl,” says company founder Melissa McGinnis.
Her beef comes from Uruguay, where cattle graze on the fertile Pampas and aren’t confined to feedlots or factory farms. Cows receive no antibiotics or growth hormones, and meat is cooked only once for optimum flavor and nutrition. The pet food contains no synthetic colors or flavors.
Original Pet Food Co. is also proud of its positive environmental impact.
“More than 50% of all grain and corn grown in the U.S. is fed to livestock, adding to the buildup of pesticides and chemical fertilizers in the soil and water,” McGinnis says. “This diet is harmful to the health of cows, whose stomachs are specially designed to break down the cellulose in grass, leading to disease and an epidemic of antibiotic use.
“Grazing cattle on Pampas grasses, by contrast, is a natural feeding method that causes none of the pollution problems associated with feedlots and factory farms (including that of waste management),” she continues. “By supporting farms in Uruguay, the local economy is boosted, the biodiversity of the Pampas is preserved, and sustainable farming is encouraged throughout the country.”
The new pet foods are currently available at independent pet-supply retailers in California and Nevada, with more states to be added early next year.