Why only now are insects being looked at as a viable nutrient source for animals?

The idea of using insects as animal feed is quite old and has been mentioned in the scientific literature since the 60’s. However, its market application started just recently due to the growing need to find more sustainable protein sources for animal feed.

The global population is projected to grow from 7 to over 9 billion people by 2050. Due to this significant growth and changing habits and income distribution, analysts expect that food demand will increase by 70% in the same period.

The current ingredients used for animal nutrition are unsustainable to support this growing demand. In this context, insects come in as a sustainable alternative with a robust market logic and circular economy principles.

What is the impact of continue to use today’s feed ingredients?

Around 34% of all grain and 33% of fished fish are used to feed animals rather than humans. Increasing grain production would lead to increasing crop areas, more deforestation and natural habitat loss.

Over 75% of natural marine ecosystems are on the verge of collapse. Animal husbandry as a whole is looking for fishmeal alternatives, as fishmeal prices are increasingly higher, due to the oceans degradation and overfishing.

What is the impact of continue to use today’s feed ingredients?

Around 30% of all our food is lost along the value chain.

By feeding on organic waste, insects bring a highly sustainable solution, as they recycle nutrients back to the food chain. Larvae are then processed into highly efficient animal feed ingredients.

This is an industry still in its infancy, focused on nutrients up-cycling.

For this very reason, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is one of the greatest defenders of the use of insects as an alternative feed source for animal feed.

Insect farming uses less land, less water and emits less Green House Gases (GHG) than other conventional animal protein sources

A balance between nature, humans and the food industry is at the core of ENTOLOGICS’ project.