Our company, Taxxon, was founded in 2021 with the aim to contribute to a sustainable food system by developing ingredients from insects. We are a young company with the aim of promoting insect breeding in the European and global market. Due to the global energy giant, we have decided to expand our business and to deal with the biotechnology division and also with the energy production. Renewable energies are an integral part of our energy mix. Whether wind power, photovoltaics, hydropower and bioenergy - as a competence center for regenerative energies, TAXXON has a broad network for the planning, construction and operation of systems.
We have set ourselves the goal of further expanding generation capacities from renewable energies. The focus is on wind and solar energy. Through our sustainable and responsible action, we make an important contribution to climate and environmental protection, conserve energy resources and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Population growth and the rising middle class have increased the global demand for food, especially animal-based protein sources. It is widely accepted that by 2050, over 9 billion people will need to be fed, along with the billions of animals raised annually. Therefore, feeding future populations will require the development of alternative sources of food and protein. One of the many ways to address food and feed security is through insect farming.
Taxxon assesses the potential of insects as food and feed and aims to help raise the profile of insects as sources of food and feed in national and international way. Insects are everywhere and they reproduce quickly, and they have high growth and feed conversion rates. About 1 million of the 1.4 million described animal species on earth are insects, and millions more are believed to exist.
Insects reproduce quickly and have large populations. They are easy to grow and can be processed for food and feed relatively easily. and can be processed for food and feed relatively easily. It is estimated that insects form part of the traditional diets of at least 2 billion people.
Insects are able to eat food that are surplus to human requirements and efficiently convert them into high quality proteins and fats. They are a highly nutritious and healthy food source with high fat, protein, vitamin, fibre and mineral content. For example, the composition of unsaturated omega-3 and six fatty acids in mealworms is comparable with that in fish (and higher than in cattle and pigs), and the protein, vitamin and mineral content of mealworms is similar to that in fish and meat.
Producing insects as food and feed is a solution as the insects require less land and water and emit less greenhouse and ammonia then the common livestock species. Whereas Insects as feedstock for aquaculture and poultry feed are likely to become more prevalent within the next decade.
By 2020, the European market for insect products is estimated to be US $73 m; One-fifth of meat eaters are now ready to adopt insects as food. Insects are nutritious, with high protein, fat and mineral contents. Moreover, insects are a sustainable and efficient protein source, compared with conventional livestock. They are healthy, nutritious alternatives to mainstream staples such as chicken, pork, beef and even fish (from ocean catch).
Processed mealworms are currently the most extensively used in such food products as bread, noodles, pastries, biscuits, candy, and condiments. Moreover, they can be eaten whole or ground into a powder or paste, and incorporated into other foods.
At this time, there are no known cases of transmission of diseases or parasitoids to humans from the consumption of insects (on the condition that the insects were handled under the same sanitary conditions as any other food).
The sector of insects as food and feed is an emerging agricultural sector with a lot of potential to lower environmental impact. Insects provide food at low environmental cost, contribute positively to livelihoods, and play a fundamental role in nature.
European consumers are more and more aware of the environmental impact of their eating habits. They know that consuming meat uses a lot of resources and that there is a strong need for alternatives, like insects. For example, insect powder integrated into a bread or muffin – this is easier to eat than red meat and are products that consumers already know.
The use of insects as food and feed has many environmental, health and social/livelihood benefits. Insects have a high feed conversion efficiency because they are cold-blooded. For example, need 12 times less feed than cattle, four times less feed than sheep, and half as much feed as pigs and broiler chickens to produce the same amount of protein.
On average, insects can convert 2 kg of feed into 1 kg of insect mass, whereas cattle require 8 kg of feed to produce 1 kg of body weight gain. In addition, insects can be reared on organic side-streams (including human and animal waste) and can help reduce environmental contamination.
We hope that Taxxon attract the attention of farmers, the media, the public at large and decision-makers in governments, multilateral and bilateral donor agencies, investment firms, research centres, aid agencies and the food and feed industries.
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