Our ingredients are carefully selected to support the health and well being of your pet as well as our planet, which is why all our featured ingredients come from rescued fresh food and sustainable sources. Discover the story behind our sustainable ingredients.
Did you know approximately 20% of all vegetables and fruits go to waste before they even make it to retail? Including up to 50% of every cauliflower crop making it one of the most wasted vegetables in farming. That's because grocery stores have stringent standards for acceptable cauliflower, including size and cosmetic restrictions, like every head must be 6-8" in diameter and perfectly white.
But left to grow on its own, cauliflower isn't white. Through natural sun exposure, exposed cauliflower is 'sun-tanned' and may even take on a purple hue through the production of cancer-fighting anthocyanins, the same dark pigments found in beets and blueberries. Farmers prevent this exposure by wrapping the leaves of young cauliflower over the heads using rubber bands, but many grow free of this artificial umbrella.
Which is why Dockside purchases all its cauliflower from the 50% that will never hit grocery stores, because it might be sun tanned or too small but it's still perfect for eating.
Just like fresh produce, 11% of seafood is lost before distribution meaning a large portion of it never even makes it to land. This enormous waste amounts to an estimated 1 million metric tonnes in Canada and the United States alone, and includes male capelin, a small North Atlantic fish that's high in protein and DHA omega-3 fatty acids as well as immune-boosting selenium.
Despite its nutritional profile and being one of the few fish designated safe for daily consumption due to its low mercury levels, male capelin are destroyed at sea or prior to export because the females are sorted out and preferred for their roe. Meaning these small nutritious fish go to waste, or they did, until we saw this as problem we could help solve.
Which is why all our recipes using capelin feature exclusively male capelin, a rescued resource fresh from the wild.
Over 2 billion people worldwide eat insects on a regular basis and for very good reason.
Compared to any other traditional source of protein, like beef, chicken, or even chickpeas, crickets use less water, require less space and food, and produce less greenhouse gas emissions.
How much less? It takes one gallon of water to produce a pound of cricket protein compared to nearly 2000 gallons to produce a pound of ground beef. Considering
about 80% of our freshwater consumption goes to food production, switching to crickets could have a huge impact on our environmental sustainability.
They're also twice as efficient at converting feed to meat as chicken, at least four times more efficient than pigs, and 12 times more efficient than cattle meaning they require far less food and produce up to 100x less greenhouse gas emissions compared to cattle.
Plus, crickets are raised without the use of hormones or antibiotics. Whole ground crickets or ‘cricket flour’ is hypoallergenic and provides a complete source of essential amino acids for both dogs and cats. It also contains calcium and more iron, magnesium and protein than ground beef on a pound for pound basis.
Our wild blueberries are another example of how Dockside is creating a market for rescued fresh food that would otherwise go to waste. We purchase blueberries that can't be sold to grocery stores because they are too small or bruised during harvest and then gently freeze-dry them to lock in the health benefits of these antioxidant-rich fruits.
Although it may not sound like a traditional food source, lobster shell contains glucosamine, which has been shown to increase longevity, and chitin, a prebiotic fibre that supports weight management and a healthy gut microbiome.
We purchase our lobster shell as a rescued product of processing fresh caught lobster which would otherwise be transported to landfill.
This all-natural sweetener provides minerals and unmistakably good flavour to our recipes.
Like the rest of our featured ingredients, our 100% Canadian maple syrup comes from Nova Scotia and is an entirely sustainable resource that preserves forests.