There is no doubt that the world around us has changed dramatically in the past century. One of the clearest harbingers of this change is in our food and where it comes from. In just the past 20 years, factory farming has exploded: 97% of the pigs consumed in the US during 2013 are raised in factory farms, compared to 30% in 1992. Chickens have also seen massive transformation with 7 billion more chickens passing through US industry farming in the last 20 years (1950-2015). Surprisingly, 99% of all meat consumed in the United States comes from factory farms (including at least 50% of all fish.)
There has been a lot of coverage of the environmental, health, and humane repercussions of this change. Factory farms contribute more to global warming than all of the transportation industries combined (cars, trains, ships, etc.), and are the leading cause of the Amazon deforestation and of massive water use. Up to 80% of the antibiotics in the United States are used for factory farmed animals which have lead to public concerns and health scares. Recently, the avian flu claimed the lives of 35 million chickens and resulted in price increases for eggs and egg ingredients and a massive infusion of monetary support from the US government. Both the negative effects and the risks associated with industry farming require an alternative solution – and this is why Stray Dog Capital was created.
Chuck Laue, Co-Founder, explains, “We saw a massive opportunity to supply more plant-based products and services that are better for human health as well as for ethical and environmental reasons. This area of the market is relatively unfunded and needed resources, mentorship, and investments.”
Stray Dog Capital (SDC) has partnered with other Venture Firms, trusts and foundations, to bring big money solutions and big money bets to the plant based market – which already boasts Bill Gates, Kleiner Perkins, The HSUS and Google Ventures as investors.
SDC has invested in companies such as:
- Beyond Meat, which offers tasty alternative products to chicken and beef
- Miyoko’s Kitchen with their incredible selection of artisan cashew-based cheeses
- Memphis Meats, a young startup which aims to provide real meat without the animals
- Other companies like Gelzen, provide alternatives to animal-based ingredients such as collagen and gelatin
Jennifer Laue, Co-Founder of SDC, adds, “There is much impact to be made for the environment, human health and animal welfare from making different choices and Stray Dog Capital plans to help drive change so these choices are equal or better.”