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WWF report UK.

Aggiornamento: 30 nov 2022

In its 2021 (PDF) report, the WWF urges the UK government to introduce

legislation that permits the use of insect meal in pig and poultry feed and

broadens the range of feedstocks that can be used to farm insects.

A new roadmap to accelerating insect protein in UK feeds was undertaken by ADAS and Michelmores on behalf of WWF and Tesco. The research provides an independent and neutral assessment of how the UK insect biomass value chain could be scaled up to provide processed insect protein meal for the use in farmed animal feed for poultry, pigs, and aquaculture. Farmed animals play a pivotal role in the food production system, enabling the creation of food products for humans, often utilising materials that are otherwise unsuitable for direct human consumption. The production of feed ingredients is competing with and utilising land that that could otherwise be used to produce other food crops for direct human consumption.

One way to address the protein needs of animals is to diversify the protein sources used within animal production systems and to reduce reliance on global supply chains. Whilst there are a range of novel proteins emerging (e.g. algal, bacterial, and yeast-derived), insect protein is one alternative that has been acknowledged as having considerable potential for use in animal feed (for species such as e.g. chickens, pigs and salmon). Insect protein presents an opportunity to diversify, displace or replace some of the current protein needs of animals fulfilled by fishmeal and soybean meal. Not only can insects be farmed in relatively small spaces compared to other agricultural products, they offer the opportunity to utilise by-products that may otherwise be wasted, and farming can be conducted on nonagricultural land with fewer environmental consequences.

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