How Your Pet Can Eat Local, Too

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Choosing locally-produced products comes with troves of benefits: Shrinking your carbon footprint, supporting local industry and accessing top-quality goods. But you’re not the only one in the house that can become a locavore. Your pet can go local, too!

In July 2012, we polled Earth911 readers to find out if they chose locally-sourced pet food for their four-legged friends. In the interest of full disclosure, our informal homepage poll was more of a just-for-fun question than a scientific survey. But nevertheless, we were a bit surprised by what we found. After five days, a mere 3 percent of respondents said they opted for local pet food.

We couldn’t help but wonder why our community of readers, who tend to prefer locally-produced products for themselves, didn’t go local when it came to pet food. After much deliberation, we concluded that the answer is simple: most people simply don’t know that local pet food resources exist in their area.

If you’re surprised to learn that the same principles of living and eating locally can also apply to your pet, Earth911 is here to give you the run-down on all of your options – and, believe it or not, there are many.

Greenies looking to help their furry friends go local can purchase pet food made from locally-sourced ingredients at co-ops, have it delivered to their homes through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs or make their own pet-friendly grub using local ingredients. A growing number of restaurants will even allow you to eat out with your pet in tow.

To find out which local pet food option is right for you, check out our quick and easy guide – chock-full of useful tidbits that will help you make an informed decision.

Our local pet food guide:

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