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The Do Good Dog: A Friendlier Hot Dog

The Fourth of July is the biggest hot dog-eating day of the year. According to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, an estimated 150 million hot dogs are consumed on Independence Day—enough hot dogs to stretch across the country and back.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, “peak hot dog season,” Americans will gobble up 7 billion hot dogs—beef, chicken, pork, turkey, organic, vegan, and now…regeneratively sourced, exemplified by Applegate Naturals’ The Do Good Dog Uncured Beef Hot Dog (photos #1 and #2).

While Applegate introduced the Do Good Dog in November 2021, the news just crossed our e-desk recently and introduced us to a new term: regeneratively sourced.

There’s more about regeneratively sourced agriculture below, but the gist of it is a positive impact on the land: better for the planet.

Beef for the Do Good Dog comes from SunFed Ranch, headquartered in Woodland, California approximately 15 miles northwest of Sacramento.

Their beef carries the Savory Institute’s Land to Market Seal (photo #3), certifying that it was raised on verified regenerative U.S. grasslands.

The environmentally friendlier dog is made with just four ingredients:

  • 100% grass-fed, non-GMO, antibiotic-free, hormone-free beef
  • Sea salt
  • Seasonings: cherry powder, cultured celery powder, dehydrated onion, granulated garlic, paprika, spices (black pepper, cayenne, coriander, ginger, mace), and vinegar
  • Water
    The result: a delicious, juicy bite with a flavor that’s sure to satisfy—whether boiled, broiled, grilled, or mixed into grandma’s secret baked beans and franks recipe.

    Regenerative beef comes from cattle raised and fed by rotational grazing. This allows the animals to graze on real grass, and their manure contributes more nutrients to the grasses and plants.

    This in turn results in more nutritious meat from the animals that graze there. It’s great for the environment.

    In fact, it’s better for the environment than beef from any other source (that includes vegan and other imitation meat). It:

  • Provides more nutrients to plants and grasses.
  • Grows new, healthy topsoil.
  • Reduces water runoff and fosters clean bodies of water.
  • Rebalances ecosystems and protects beneficial insects, including pollinators like bees.
  • Cuts down on pollutants like carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide.
  • Fights climate change.

    Emerging research shows that regenerative practices, such as holistic managed grazing, have the potential to better the environment and mitigate climate change.

    According to the Savory Institute, the cattle that graze this way are part of a system that has the potential to contribute to the regeneration of up to 260,000 acres of U.S. grasslands. This makes it one of the largest verified systems for regeneratively sourced beef [source].

    Regeneratively-sourced beef is on the rise. Applegate’s commitment to supporting and selling it has helped SunFed Ranch to double its grass-fed cattle production.

    Another benefit to the environment and the animals: Diverting cattle out of the commodity feedlot system [source]

    If choosing food that regenerates the land sounds good to you, look for Do Good Dogs products online or in-store at select retailers near you (start with Whole Foods).
    > The different types of beef: a glossary.


    Applegate Do Good Dog Hot Dogs
    [1] Do Good Dogs do good for the land (photos #1 and #2 © Applegate Farms).

    Plate Of Applegate Do Good Dogs In Rolls
    [2] Ready to enjoy!

    Savory Institute Land To Market Seal
    [3] The seal of Verified Land To Market ensures you’re getting regeneratively sourced beef (photo © Savory Institute).

    Cow Eating Greens
    [4] Eating the good stuff (photos #4 and #5 © SunFed Ranch | Facebook .

    A Bull Grazing In The Meadow
    [5] He’s eating an ideal diet—no grain, no bull!





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