TheThe number of people on earth is constantly increasing, as is the number of pets. More than 9 billion people are projected onto Earth in 2050, and the question of food security and the environmental impact of feeding the world arises. Carnivores need animal protein, so how about we get that protein from insects? Insects seem to be a more sustainable source of protein than livestock …
The breeding of insects and their consumption seems a promising field, indeed, insects constitute a source of good quality animal proteins, fats, fibers and trace elements also.
The essential amino acid content of insect proteins is comparable to that of fish and soy meal, widely used in animal feed.
Insect growth and food conversion rates are high and they result in little production of greenhouse gases and ammonia: 100 times less than cattle or pigs.
In addition, insect farming requires less area and 700 times less water than cattle farming, comparing the same amount of insect protein and beef.
Producing one kilogram of beef requires ten kilograms of corn, while only one kilogram of corn is needed for one kilogram of insects.
Insects can also be raised on organic by-products (plant bio-waste) and can help reduce environmental contamination.
Using this new source of protein in kibble is a way to feed our animals with a lower impact on the environment. We can talk about more sustainable food, in a way to reduce its carbon impact by respecting the need for animal protein of his dog.
Since January 1, 2018, insects and their derived products are authorized, under certain conditions, in human food. They were already allowed to feed fish and pets.
In 2018, in France there are fifteen companies in the production of livestock insects: two thirds in animal feed, a third in human food. These companies produce insect meal, which they sell to industrial food manufacturers for incorporation into food formulas.
Only 7 species of insects from farmed animals are allowed in the diet: the black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens), the housefly, the mealworm, the small mealworm, the house cricket, the tropical house cricket and the cricket steppes.
The mealworm (Tenebrio molitor) is known for its larvae called mealworms, which are already used in aquaculture and in zoos to feed birds, reptiles and fish.