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

The fight against world hunger 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. Insects have a high food conversion ratio, i.e. they use fewer resources to produce the same amount of protein than other animal sources. In addition, insects can be grown in densely populated areas and in small spaces, which means they can be produced in larger quantities in a smaller area. insects have a high protein content and can be grown sustainably using food waste and organic residues as a food source. Furthermore, insects can be easily processed into flour or other forms of protein, making them easily usable as feed ingredients.

The use of insect protein to create feed can help reduce the environmental impact of animal husbandry, as insects have a low environmental impact compared to traditional protein sources such as soya and maize. Furthermore, using food waste and organic residues to feed insects can help reduce food waste and increase the efficiency of food production.

However, there are still many technical and logistical challenges to overcome to make insect farming for food and feed purposes practical and scalable globally. In addition, there are also food safety and animal health concerns related to the use of insect proteins in feed.

Insect feeds may have 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, as insects have low water and land requirements and can be fed with food and organic waste.

Economical: Breeding insects for food and feed is cheaper than traditional animal husbandry, as insects can be grown in small spaces and at low cost.

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

Reduction of food waste: Using food waste and organic residues to feed insects can help reduce food waste and increase the efficiency of food production.

Feed production may become more difficult in the near future due to several factors, including:

Population growth: With a growing world population, there will be a greater demand for food for farm animals, which could increase pressure on feed production.

Climate change: Climate change may cause droughts, floods and other extreme weather events that may affect feed production.

Land availability: The availability of land for feed production may become limited due to urban expansion and conversion of land for other uses.

Changes in demand: The demand for animal protein may change in the future due to increasing concern about environmental impact and food safety, which may affect feed production.

Thanks to the innovations brought forward by Kinsect, feed production can be made more sustainable and resilient through sustainable farming practices circular economy and the use of innovative technologies.

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