C. An alternative Sustainable Source of Protein for Humans and Animals

Submitted by Geshom Nuwemuhwezi 9 months ago

World population is expected to grow by over a third, reaching over 9 billion people in 2050. This will have as main consequence that the world will have to produce 70% more food. Livestock production (in particular that of poultry and swine) will have to grow rapidly if per capita intake is to be maintained. Therefore, a major concern is to guarantee the global capacity to provide enough animal feed (in particular protein ingredients), trying to avoid as much as possible competition with human food demand. For this purpose, insects have been proposed as a high quality, efficient and sustainable alternative protein source for poultry, fish or swine. Results are promising but as industry interest is growing further information is needed to fully assess the potential of these innovative raw materials.



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