About 1 million of the 1.4 million described animal species on earth are insects, and millions more are believed to exist. They are easy to grow and can be processed for food and feed relatively easily.
WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT INSECTS?
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.
WHY EAT INSECTS?
Insects as feedstock for aquaculture and poultry feed are likely to become more prevalent within the next decade. They are healthy, nutritious alternatives to mainstream staples such as chicken, pork, beef and even fish (from ocean catch).
Insects provide high-quality protein and nutrients comparable with meat and fish
Insects are particularly important as a food supplement for undernourished children
Insects are rich in fibre and micronutrients such as copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, selenium and zinc
Insects use significantly less water than conventional livestock
Insects pose a low risk of transmitting zoonotic infections
The sector of insects as food and feed is an emerging agricultural sector with a lot of potential to lower environmental impact. The use of insects as food and feed has many environmental, health and social/livelihood benefits.