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FAO states that globally 820 million people continue to go hungry every day.

Aggiornamento: 30 nov 2022

FAO misure that 931 million tones of food were waste every year the 17% of total food production may be wasted



Around a third of the world’s food is lost or wasted every year, losing food

implies unnecessary pressure on the environment and the natural resources

that have been used to produce it. It essentially means that land and water

resources have been wasted, pollution created and greenhouse gases emitted

to no purpose.

For these reasons, insects can be used to recycle those and with their ability to

convert low-quality biomass into high-quality proteins and low requirements in

terms of land, water and other resources, they can become a sustainable

component of animal feed.

Several areas of the world, lack of protein food and feed sources is triggering

the search for locally and sustainably produced sources. Insect (the so called,

six-legged livestock) production is recognized as a potential solution.

It has been estimated that the demand for insect products as animal feed and

pet food ingredients, could reach half a million metric tons by 2030”


Daniela Battaglia – FAO Rome, insects as feed and food – their contribution to

the SDGs.




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