The benefits of using insects to reduce food waste

Food waste is a major problem worldwide, affecting the environment, the economy and society. According to the FAO, around a third of the food produced in the world is lost or wasted every year. In this article, we'll explore how the use of insects in animal feed can be an environmentally-friendly solution to reduce food waste, and its many benefits.

Reducing the environmental footprint of animal feed with insects

A study conducted by Wageningen University in the Netherlands has shown that the use of insects in animal feed can significantly reduce the environmental footprint of animal feed. The study compared the environmental footprint of soy-based animal feed and insect-based animal feed, and concluded that the use of insects can reduce the environmental footprint of animal feed by 25-50%. Insects also produce fewer greenhouse gases than conventional livestock.

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Contributing to food security with insects

The European Union currently imports around 90% of its soybeans for animal feed, which is a risk for the region's food security. However, the use of insects in animal feed can reduce the feed industry's dependence on soybean imports. A study carried out by the European Commission has shown that the use of insects in animal feed can contribute to food security in Europe.

The advantages of using insects in animal feed

There are many advantages to using insects in animal feed. Insects are an excellent source of protein for farm animals. Studies have shown that feeding hens with larvae improves their well-being and the quality of their rearing. What's more, raising insects for animal feed is more economical than using traditional protein sources such as soy and fish. Last but not least, this practice helps to reduce the environmental impact of farming.

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