Growing or raising the grain and meat used in our products takes significant amounts of energy, water and nutrients and generally represents a large share of the total environmental impact of these products. In order to improve the impact these ingredients have, we are working closely with our suppliers and others to better understand our supply chain, identify the issues and opportunities that matter most and improve our performance into the future.
We believe that antibiotics should be used responsibly in farm animals and are asking suppliers to:
Only use antibiotics when needed to prevent, control, or treat disease
Never use antibiotics for growth promotion
Eliminate the use of antibiotics that are deemed medically important to humans
Administer antibiotics only under the supervision of a veterinarian
As one of the largest purchasers of farm animal protein in North America, we believe that by encouraging suppliers to adhere to these standards we can accelerate positive change. To this end, we have set a goal of purchasing only farm animal protein free of antibiotics important to human medicine by the end of 2017.
Cats love fish. Because overfishing is a serious issue, we are working closely with our suppliers and outside seafood sustainability experts to better understand our supply chain and identify where improvement opportunities exist. As part of this global effort, we are exploring new, responsibly-sourced species of fish for use in future products. With Nestlé, we have also developed comprehensive Responsible Sourcing Guidelines for suppliers to ensure that Purina receives responsibly sourced seafood for use in our products over time.
We also harness the power of nature to improve the environmental impact of producing cat litter. Our Maricopa, CA mine uses the sun to evaporate some of the moisture in the clay - reducing the electricity otherwise needed for drying. Ponds at most of our mine sites naturally filter mine water before it returns to waterways. When an area of the mine is no longer needed, we restore the land to help wildlife and vegetation flourish.