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Breaking News insects as food supply  are insects the future  | Breaking News

Insects As Food Supply: Are Insects The Future?

by: Carolien Kloosterman
insects as food supply  are insects the future  | Breaking News

Eating insects: most people will still be horrified. Nevertheless, large-scale breeding of insects offers opportunities for food. According to some, insects are the future. Because of their high protein levels, there is a lot of potential in the animals—both for application as human food and for animal feed. In the past 10 years, the interest in insects and their applications has grown enormously. Much more attention has recently been paid to alternative protein sources, of which insects are a good example.
Chocolate with insects inside hold by a hand
Chocolate with insect larvae. Insects in human nutrition are, besides application in cattle feed, also an option. Entomologist Arnold van Huis, however, sees more in the application in animal feed.

Insects As A Protein Source

Just a refresher: why are you looking for alternative sources of protein? The current protein sources in the form of meat and soy are increasingly under pressure because of their adverse effects. Examples are land and water, the emission of greenhouse gases, and other (health) problems attributed to livestock farming. Given the growing world population and the growing need for food and especially proteins, the question is how to meet this need in the future. 'The land use of, for example, mealworms for a kilo of protein is 10 times less than that for cattle'. A solution to this could be attributed to insects, a replacement for meat in people's diets, or an important animal feed ingredient. The land use of, for example, mealworms for a kilo of protein is 10 times less than that for cattle and 3 times less than for pigs.



                         Insects Are The Future Globally. Exotic Thai Food Tour in Bangkok. Mark Wiens. Freaky!

Feed Conversion Of Insects More Favorable

The feed conversion of insects is also much lower than that of pigs or cattle. As far as the insects' feed is concerned, the creatures can play a major role in making the food chain circular. Insects can be grown on residual flows from the food chain and manure. Manure is not yet permitted as an official feed for insects; the safety of this is not yet clear enough. The legislation on insects is not yet sufficient in other respects to extract everything from insect breeding.

Recommended: Insects As Food The New Agriculture Is Good For Our Climate)

Insect is an 'agricultural pet'
Bugs on a plate with salad

Insects are classified as farm animals according to European legislation. After the BSE crisis, it has been illegal since 2000 to feed animal proteins to farm animals. This means that insects may not be fed animal proteins, with several exceptions, but insects may not be fed to other farm animals. Halfway through last year, seven insect species were allowed as animal feed in fish farming. Since January 1, 2018, food with insects has been subject to the so-called 'novel foods' according to European legislation. This means that food products with insects now have a legal framework to legally enter the European market.

However, Arnold van Huis, who works at Wageningen University as an entomologist (insect expert), expects that the legislation will not belong in coming. He finds it difficult to estimate how long it will take exactly before the European rules for all kinds of insect applications are adapted. In doing so, he mainly refers to allowing manure as food for insects and insects as cattle feed. Van Huis does expect that it will be within a few years. 

The Insect Sector Is Booming

Judging by the rise of a meeting about insects' use in the food industry, the insect sector is booming. Both Belgians and Dutch came in large numbers. The interest in the latest developments in the field of insects was great. According to Van Huis, the Netherlands is at the forefront of the insect sector, but it may well be that the Netherlands will soon be overtaken by, for example, Belgium. Simultaneously with the meeting, a new facility was opened at the location for research into insect breeding.

Insect Growing Is A Relatively New Activity. 

The insect culture is a fairly new sector. Van Huis illustrates with a simple internet search that the number of scientific articles about insects has increased enormously in recent years. However, much more research is needed. Among others: the suitability of different species, residual flows as food,  scaling up the insect culture, automation, creating a solid market, the area of ​​food safety.
Also, little is known about diseases in insects that are grown.

Upscaling

At the moment, insect breeding is accompanied by a lot of manual labor. Feeding, in particular, takes a lot of time. To be able to use the insects as animal feed, scale-up is necessary. For that, it is also important that the insect culture is automated. This could also lower the cost price.

ABN Amro (Dutch Bank) airport bout the cultivation shows that 800 tons of insect proteins are needed to replace 1% of the total suckling pig feed in the Netherlands and replace 70,000 tons as 1% of the total volume broiler feed. At the moment, 25 nurseries produce about 500 tons in the Netherlands. This means that when feeding insects becomes a real option, scale-up is necessary.

Insects In Animal Feed

The chances for insects as feed and human food seem good. Van Huis sees more potential in insects as animal feed than as human food. Changing people's behavioral and dietary patterns is very difficult, says van Huis. When the legislation changed for the insect culture, House expects an explosion in insects' cultivation and applications. At least there are already many who see bread in insect breeding. In insects in bread, however, a little less.

Source Carolien Kloosterman

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