But is that enough?
As a largely untapped and under-exploited method, insect bioconversion (the method of converting food waste into animal feed via insects) offers a unique opportunity to address perceived challenges and mitigate the environmental impact in obtaining protein sources. When dried, insects contain up to 50% of high-quality protein as well as necessary vitamins, fats, and amino acids. They are also rich in antimicrobial, medium-chain fatty acids, depending on species, which have proven gut health benefits. Insect meal could help reduce the UK’s future soy imports, a product that is expected to see a 78% increase by 2050, by 1/5 if scaled up, reducing pressure on critical production landscapes as the sourcing and production of soy has increasingly been linked to deforestation in places such as South America.
From 2018-2020, Fera chaired the UK Task & Finish Group on Insect Biomass Conversion representing key stakeholders across the insect biomass value chain
The Insect Biomass Industry for Animal Feed: The Case for UK-based and Global Business
Find out how Fera can help reduce your waste side streams to improve your environmental footprint and supply chain sustainability with insect bioconversion solutions.
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