Insects offer the possibility of significantly more sustainable
and healthier food production systems

Containing large amounts of important nutrients (including 60-70% protein) and requiring significantly less resources for production (and transportation) vs livestock and even soy, insects represent the missing part of an environmentally friendly food supply chain.

Insect production is growing enormously in Europe but it’s still at a very early stage of development, with production technology in its infancy. New efficiency gains in insect production will shape most of the livestock farming business models in the near future.

 

The inclusion of insects in the food supply chain feed will help us achieve 7 of the 17 2030 ONU’s Sustainable Development Agenda


Insect already form a staple of both livestock animals in the wild and humans in different parts of the world, due to their high protein and nutritional content. Insect production doesn’t require the use of hormones, pesticides, antibiotics and other harmful substances commonly used in livestock (and plant) production.


 

Given their different [biology], insects are much more efficient than other animals at converting feed into protein. This means that protein production via insect farming is significantly less resource intensive than current livestock methods, even though insect farming technology is still in its infancy.


RESOURCES NEEDED

TO PRODUCE 10 KG OF PROTEIN

The DNA profile of insects vs humans is incredibly different (50-60% DNA overlap vs 80% for poultry and 98% for pigs); this means that insect production constitutes a much lower risk of spillover (when a pathogen, usually bacteria or virus, jumps from one species to another) than common livestock rearing.
Spillover events from livestock are behind most of the modern pandemics, including SARS, MERS, different events of avian flu, and even possibly Covid-19.