22. September 2021
In the animal feed sector, insects have long been used as an alternative source of protein – for example in feed for dogs and cats. Approval for livestock, such as poultry and pigs, is expected this fall.
But insects also have many advantages as a food source for us humans. For example, they contain a lot of high-quality protein, valuable monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, as well as B vitamins and important minerals.
And similar to their use in animal feed, their use in the food sector would also be a relief for our climate. In direct comparison to animal breeding for covering human meat consumption, insects require much less space and water than cattle & co. The same is true for greenhouse gas emissions because these are also comparatively much lower with insects.
The advantages do not end there. The edible portion of insects is about 80 percent. To stay with cattle, here the proportionate share is just 40 percent.
Another food for thought: According to United Nations estimates, there will be more than 9.7 billion people on the planet by 2050. Currently, there are about 7.91 billion people. They and also their livestock and pets will need protein …
The first important step in this direction has been taken: according to EU approval, yellow, dried mealworms have been among the novel foods since May 2021. The larvae of the beetle Tenebrio molitor may be used, for example, in foods such as pasta, cookies or bars. We have been active in this field for many years and can therefore provide our customers in the insect sector with the best possible support. With our individual concepts, our efficient processes, and our high-performance equipment: https://insekten.reinartz.de/en/services