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Why is producing protein from #insects indispensable if we want to feed 9 billion people?

Updated: May 22, 2023

The fight against #worldhunger is a complex problem that requires a combination of solutions, including increased food production, equitable food distribution, and economic access to food resources.

Insect proteins have been proposed as a possible alternative source of protein to feed a growing population because of their low environmental impact compared to traditional animal proteins (source: FAO). Insects have a high food conversion ratio, meaning they require fewer resources to produce the same amount of protein compared to other animal sources. They can be grown in densely populated areas and small spaces, enabling larger quantities to be produced in a smaller area. Insects also have a high protein content and can be sustainably grown using food waste and organic residues as a food source (source: National Geographic). The use of insect protein in feed production can help reduce the environmental impact of animal husbandry. Insects have a lower environmental footprint compared to traditional protein sources like soy and maize. Additionally, utilizing food waste and organic residues to feed insects can help reduce food waste and increase overall food production efficiency (source: ScienceDirect). However, there are still technical and logistical challenges that need to be addressed to make insect farming for food and feed purposes practical and scalable globally. Food safety and animal health concerns related to the use of insect proteins in feed also need to be addressed (source: Frontiers). Insect feeds offer several advantages over traditional feeds:

  • High protein density: Insects have a high protein content, making them an effective source of protein for farm animals.

  • Low environmental impact: Raising insects for food and feed has a lower environmental impact than raising conventional animals, with fewer water and land requirements, and the ability to feed them with food and organic waste.

  • Economical: Breeding insects for food and feed is more cost-effective than traditional animal husbandry, as insects can be grown in small spaces at a lower cost.

  • Flexible: Insects can be grown in different shapes and sizes, making them suitable for various types of farm animals.

  • Reduction of food waste: Using food waste and organic residues to feed insects helps reduce food waste and increases overall food production efficiency.

However, future feed production may face challenges due to factors such as population growth, climate change, limited land availability, and changes in demand for animal protein (source: Pew Trusts). Thanks to the innovations brought forward by Kinsect, feed production can be made more sustainable and resilient through sustainable farming practices, the circular economy, and the use of innovative technologies (source: Kinsect). (Source: FAO, National Geographic, ScienceDirect, Frontiers, Pew Trusts, Kinsect)

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