The average Australian has a pet and many are eating it.
They may even think it is the most important food item.
But are these people being a little bit unrealistic?
Well, according to researchers at Melbourne’s University of Melbourne, the answer is no.
It is not just the average pet that is eating fruit.
Many of us eat fruit on occasion, whether it be as a treat, snack or dessert.
So why are we doing this?
Professor Nick Bickerton and his team at the Melbourne Animal Health Centre are looking at why we are eating so much fruit.
The researchers analysed a sample of fruit and vegetables from the Australian fruit and vegetable sector, including those in supermarket chains, fruit and fruit juice, and supermarkets.
They found that we are consuming more fruit and veg in Australia than ever before.
They were able to track down and interview over 40 people about their habits, and the majority of them reported eating at least one fruit or vegetable every day.
And these fruits and veggies are not just being consumed by the average person.
They are also being consumed in larger numbers by pets.
The study showed that pet food was the most commonly consumed food type in the Australian food chain, followed by pet food and pet foods and fruit.
Professor Bickertons team found that pet foods accounted for a whopping 75 per cent of all food eaten by pets in Australia.
This food is not being eaten by humans but by pets, so why is it a problem?
The research shows that most pet owners don’t know what they are eating and what is causing it to affect their pet, and it is not only in the pet food industry.
According to a recent study published in The Journal of Applied Nutrition, many people are actually eating food that they have not even tried, and may have even given their pets to try out.
The problem of overconsumption of pet foods comes at a time when the Australian Government is looking to reduce the pet overpopulation problem.
Professor Nick says, ‘The more we understand about the impacts of our pet food on pets and on the environment, the more we can reduce the pressure on our precious animals.’
Professor Bicks research also found that the average Australian consumes a whopping 7.5 kilograms of pet food per year.
According the study, the pet-friendly pet food market has now reached $7 billion in sales.
Professor Ian Taggart, Director of the Animal Health and Wellbeing Research Group at the University of Queensland, agrees that the Australian pet food trade is booming.’
It’s growing by leaps and bounds every year,’ Professor Taggert said.
Professor Taggard is also concerned that many pet owners are not aware of the importance of their pets eating and how it can impact on their wellbeing.
He said, ‘I don’t think anyone is aware that pet ownership is a big part of their life.’
People who have children and families that live in larger households are not really aware of what pet owners actually eat.’
Many of the products they are purchasing in the supermarket are not actually healthy food, they are a high-fat product and some are not even healthy food.’
There are a lot of other issues in terms of the quality of pet and food.’
But Professor Bickern says that people should not get the wrong idea about pet food.
‘I think it’s a good thing that the pet industry is starting to come back and we need to understand why people are buying this stuff.’
The Australian Pet Food Association (APFA) has released a statement supporting the research findings.’
The APFA takes the safety and health of its petfoods very seriously,’ a spokesperson said.’APFA has been in a long-standing partnership with the Australian Food and Veterinary Council to improve animal welfare and animal welfare-based food standards in the industry.’
We have long advocated for pet food manufacturers to improve food safety, and we are pleased to report that APFA has consistently and repeatedly adopted this approach over the past decade.’
In response to the study published earlier this year, APFA issued a detailed statement in the form of a consultation paper which outlined the concerns raised in the report.’
While we fully support the APFA’s position that the ‘high-fat’ food industry is a significant contributor to the food supply, the APDA continues to support the development of better standards for pet foods in Australia and internationally.’
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