Latest Flavors in Pet Food: Crickets and Carp

RootLab is testing unique flavors like crickets and Asian carp to find nutritious pet food that won’t negatively impact our environment.

Crickets and Carp
Crickets and Carp. Photography ©Getty Images

If a recent pet food experiment is successful, maybe you’ll see bug-flavored dog food coming to a pet store near you. RootLab, a Purina startup, is testing new and unusual sustainable pet food ingredients like crickets and Asian carp, an invasive fish species. Such ingredients may sound unappetizing, but they are part of an effort to discover untapped nutritious pet food ingredients that won’t adversely affect the environment.

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About the author

Pet expert Jackie Brown has spent 20 years following her passion for animals as a writer and editor in the pet publishing industry. She is contributing writer for National Geographic’s Complete Guide to Pet Health, Behavior, and Happiness: The Veterinarian’s Approach to At-Home Animal Care (April 2019) and author of the book It’s Raining Cats and Dogs: Making Sense of Animal Phrases (Lumina Press, 2006). Jackie is a regular contributor to pet and veterinary industry media and is the former editor of numerous pet magazines, including Dog World, Natural Dog, Puppies 101, Kittens 101 and the Popular Cats Series. Prior to starting her career in publishing, Jackie spent eight years working in veterinary hospitals where she assisted veterinarians as they treated dogs, cats, rabbits, pocket pets, reptiles, birds and one memorable lion cub. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons and miniature poodle Jäger. Reach her at

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