Removing Alfalfa From Our Diets

We decided to remove alfalfa from our food formulations for the following reasons:

  1. We’ve begun the process of verification with the Non-GMO Project for some of our recipes. Although our Alfalfa was certified organic, there is a concern about genetic drift, which involves the cross-contamination of non-GMO crops with pollen from genetically modified crops.
  2. In addition, our customer surveys have shown that Alfalfa is increasingly an ingredient that many pets can’t tolerate, based on owner observations of sensitivities, or the results of allergy testing.


In the Fruit & Veggie Base Mix, we’re excited to replace the alfalfa with green peas, which are a nutritious vegetable that’s comparably rich in protein. Our peas, which are also used in a couple of our brand new recipes, are whole green peas that have been flaked to ensure easy digestion (and are not the same as pea fiber, which is used in some conventional pet foods). Peas are also a fabulous source of the master antioxidant and phytonutrient Glutathione, which is important for many functions in the body, including regulating immune response.

In the other recipes where we’ve used alfalfa previously, we’re simply compensating for the removal by increasing the remaining ingredients proportionately, because the percentage of alfalfa in the formula was so minimal.

Alfalfa will no longer be used in our formulas, beginning with our July 2014 production run. Beginning August 2014, you’ll see the change noted on our boxes and our web site. Please note that some of our 1oz mini sample packets will still have alfalfa listed for a couple more months before the transition to new packaging is made. Any Fruit & Veggie Base Mix that contains peas, will have peas listed on the box label, without exception.

We very rarely make adjustments to our formulas, but we feel this change is important and will take great care to make the transition in a precise and coordinated way.

Please let us know if you have any questions on this change – we’re here to help!

Meet the Author: Lucy Postins

Lucy Postins is founder and Chief Integrity Officer at The Honest Kitchen. She is a companion animal nutritionist who started The Honest Kitchen in her kitchen in 2002. She is passionate about advanced nutrition and holistic health including complementary modalities such as herbalism and homeopathy. Considered an expert in her field, Lucy frequently writes articles for local and national media, conducts radio interviews and educational spots, and occasionally holds educational seminars for pet owners on the importance of good nutrition. She also recently authored Dog Obsessed, a guide to a happier, healthier life for the pup you love.

State of the Kitchen 2014