aggiebug: Josie22: aggiebug: Josie22:
I think a little math might help you understand why they add fillers. So, I'm going to show you why they add fillers.
this example the food company needs to produce a 100 lb bag of food.
Lets say high nutrient meat costs $0.40/lb, high nutrient fruits/veggies
cost $0.20/lb and filler costs $0.10/lb just to make the math easier.
If a company only uses high nutrient meat at 75% and high nutrient
fruits/veggies at 25% the bag would cost: $35. They could cut that cost
down pretty easy by doing 25% high nutrient meat, 25% high nutrient
fruit/veggies and 50% fillers. Making the total cost equal $20 to
By-products and fillers are cheaper to purchase. So adding them in makes the total cost of production less.
you are forgetting that the DOG's nutrient requirements are not based
on volumes. So this is a moot point.
The cost of production of food per month would still be the same. Well
actually adding useless ingredients would increase the cost of food
since it still cost money to add an unnecessary ingredient. So again
the cost of production per month of food increases.
You.. make my head hurt. People don't buy a bag based on it's total nutrient content. They eat it based on how big of a bag it is, and how long that bag will last.
That may not be what they think when they are buying food but that is basically what they are doing. Like you said they buy based on how long a bag lasts which is directly dependent on the nutritional density of the food. A bag isn't fed based on an arbitrary amount, it is fed based on nutritional content
edited for clarity I hope.
most people buy based on cost. which is why crap in a bag like pedigree sells so well. if they based it on how long it lasted, more people would be feeding canidae. i feed according to my dogs' ribbage and waist, completely ignoring the guidelines on the bag. a bag of canidae lasted longer than purina pro plan. it did cost minimally more ($5 more for a 35# bag of canidae than the 40#bag of purina), but cost less in the long run.
and no i don't sell canidae. back in the day i fed purina pro plan, nutro natural choice, Nature's variety, and canidae. i settled on canidae because it was the most cost effective, and it magically appeared on my doorstep once a month.