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Whole Earth Farms Information

Whole Earth Farms is a brand owned by Merrick Pet Care, who, if you hadn’t guessed, produce the well known Merrick dog food. Merrick Pet Care has been in operation since 1988, and the Whole Earth Farms brand was introduced in 2009.

You can check out our review of Merrick dog food here.

Whole Earth Farms recipes are produced in the United States, but it is not clear where their manufacturing facility is.

Whole Earth Farms Product Range

Dog Food

Whole Earth Farms has a large range of dog food recipes, including both dry food recipes and wet/canned recipes. Whole Earth Farms produces both grain-free and grain-inclusive dog food

In addition, Whole Earth Farms sells some of the niche recipes standard across the industry, including puppy food and small breed dog food.

Cat Food

The cat food range from Whole Earth Farms is smaller than its dog food range and is modest in size.

They also produce some niche style recipes such as kitten food.

Whole Earth Farms Nutrition

Dog Food

The nutritional profile offered by Whole Earth Farms dog food recipes is in line with other brands in its price range and is generally above-average.

This above-average nutrition includes above-average proportions of protein and fat, which should be at the core of every dog’s diet.

However, the proportion of carbohydrates in Whole Earth Farm recipes is still high and higher than many dogs require.

Cat Food

The nutrition offered by Whole Earth Farms cat food is similar to its dog food products and is generally above-average.

This above-average nutrition includes high proportions of protein and fat and lower proportions of carbohydrates.

However, cats are obligate carnivores and the proportion of carbohydrates found in Whole Earth Farms cat food recipes is still too high to be optimal.

Whole Earth Farms Ingredients

High-Quality Meat & Fish Ingredients

  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Duck
  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Lamb
  • Salmon
  • Whitefish

Whole Earth Farms makes extensive use of all of the common meat and fish ingredients used in dog food. Examples include Chicken and Beef. These ingredients are so prevalent as they are easy to source, affordable, and highly nutritious to dogs and cats.

While some of the ingredients Whole Earth Farms uses are not common, they do not make use of any of the unique or exotic meat and fish ingredients sometimes found in dog food. Examples of these would be Venison, Kangaroo, and Bison.

Salmon Swimming Upriver

Other Notable Ingredients

Whole Earth Farms makes use of all three of the common starch ingredients found in pet food. These include Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, and Tapioca. Starch ingredients are incredibly dense sources of carbohydrates, which means their portion size needs to be controlled.

A Handfull of Potatoes

Tapioca is a starch ingredient that many in the western world are not familiar with, but it is very similar to Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes from a nutritional standpoint. Read more about Tapioca in our article Tapioca In Dog Food.

Legume ingredients such as Peas and Chickpeas regularly feature in Whole Earth Farms grain-free recipes. Legumes are the most popular choice for the plant-based ingredients of grain-free recipes thanks to their low-cost, ease to source, and favorable nutrition. However, there are concerns around high legume use and Canine Heart Disease, which you can read about here.

Unfortunately, Whole Earth Farms makes use of some vegetable by-products in its recipes, such as Pea Protein and Pea Fiber. For the most part, these ingredients are not a positive addition and are often used to mislead consumers. You can read how this works in our article Peas, Pea Protein, Pea Flour, and Pea Fiber in Dog Food.

Whole Earth Farms’ small range of grain inclusive recipes makes use of grains such as Brown Rice, Oatmeal, and Barley. Grain ingredients are often a controversial addition to dog food, but the grains used by Whole Earth Farms are some of the superior ones thanks to the added nutrition they can provide.

Chicken Fat is added to pet food recipes to enhance its flavor and taste as well as boost the levels of animal fat present. Chicken Fat is chosen over alternatives as it is affordable and easy to source. Read more about Chicken Fat in our article, Chicken Fat In Dog Food.

Flaxseed is known to be one of the best plant-based sources of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids, which is why it is seen in pet food so regularly. These fatty acids are believed to provide several health benefits, including improving the health of a dog’s skin and coat. Read more about Flaxseed in Flaxseed In Dog Food.

Flax

Alfalfa is added to pet food, as it is believed to provide some health benefits. While these health benefits are not conclusive, they are widely believed. Learn more about Alfalfa in our article Alfalfa In Dog Food.

Whole Earth Farms Animal Testing

At this time, we have no information on what type of animal testing, if any, that Whole Earth Farms participates in.

We strongly believe that laboratory and invasive testing of animals is a cruel and outdated practice and one which should be eliminated.

Whole Earth Farms Recalls

Based on our research (FDA, AVMA, DogFoodAdvisor), Whole Earth Farms is a recall-free brand.

Despite this, we always suggest that pet owners remain vigilant of any future recalls of Whole Earth Farms or any other pet food brand.

Whole Earth Farms Featured Articles

At this time, Whole Earth Farms has not been featured in any of our articles.

Best of Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Recipe With Salmon & Whitefish

Whole Earth Farms Salmon & Whitefish

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The above recipe from Whole Earth Farms focuses on Salmon as its core meat or fish ingredient. Salmon is an excellent choice for dog food thanks to the high levels of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids it contains. These fatty acids can provide several benefits to a dog’s health.

The recipe also includes a smaller portion of Chicken which when combined with the Salmon provides a reasonable proportion of protein and fat.

The recipe then uses a mix of Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes to provide carbohydrates and fiber. The portion size of these ingredients is quite large which means there is a large portion of carbohydrates present.

Grain Free Red Meat Review

Whole Earth Farms Red Meat

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The above Red Meat recipe uses a mix of Beef and Beef Liver as its primary ingredients. Beef Liver is a welcome addition as organ meat is known to be more flavorful and it can provide vitamins and minerals that traditional meat cuts lack.

The recipe then includes a small portion of Carrots, Peas, and Sweet Potatoes. These three plant-based ingredients provide a modest proportion of carbohydrates and fiber.

Grain Free Recipe With Real Turkey & Duck Review

Whole Earth Farms Turkey & Duck Cat Food

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Whole Earth Farms Tuna & Whitefish Cat Food

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Whole Earth Farms Full Product Range

Dry Dog Food

Grain Free Healthy Puppy Recipe

Grain Free Recipe With Chicken & Turkey

Grain Free Recipe With Pork, Beef & Lamb

Grain Free Recipe With Salmon & Whitefish

Grain Free Recipe With Turkey & Duck

Grain Free Small Breed Recipe With Pork, Beef & Lamb

Grain Free Small Breed Recipe With Salmon & Whitefish

Adult Recipe

Puppy Recipe

Healthy Weight Recipe

Small Breed Recipe

Wet/Canned Dog Food

Adult Recipe

Grain Free Hearty Duck Stew

Grain Free Hearty Turkey & Salmon Stew

Grain Free Puppy Recipe

Grain Free Chicken & Turkey Recipe

Grain Free Hearty Beef Stew

Grain Free Hearty Chicken Stew

Grain Free Hearty Lamb Stew

Grain Free Hearty Turkey Stew

Grain Free Red Meat

Grain Free Small Breed Beef Dinner

Grain Free Small Breed Chicken Dinner

Grain Free Small Breed Duck Dinner

Grain Free Small Breed Lamb Dinner

Grain Free Small Breed Turkey Dinner

Dry Cat Food

Grain Free Indoor Recipe With Chicken And Turkey

Grain Free Recipe With Real Salmon

Grain Free Recipe With Real Whitefish & Tuna

Grain Free Recipe With Real Chicken

Grain Free Recipe With Real Turkey & Duck

Grain Free Recipe Healthy Kitten

Wet/Canned Cat Food

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