Insect larvae are called food of the future


23/12/2012

Scientists from the Netherlands found a more environmentally friendly and cheaper alternative to meat and poultry that is not inferior to the nutritional value of these foods of animal origin. They make sure the food problem can be solved on the ground insects, and more specifically, their larvae.

Experts at the University of Wageningen acquainted with the production of larvae to feed the birds and a large flour hippocastani zofobasa as well as amphibians and reptiles, which are bred in captivity in the company van de Ven Insectenkwekerij. The main food of the larvae of insects is the carrot and the grain mixture, and include them in special trays and disposable cardboard boxes for eggs. Insects are controlled indoor environment, which requires electric power, gas and water. However, this in no comparison is not with the conditions that are necessary for farm animal or poultry.

In sum, to produce one kilogram of larvae of protein, taking into account the area of planting forage crops, etc., will require less than about ten times the area than to produce one kilogram of beef protein, and is several times less than for the same amount of protein pig or chicken. Rearing of larvae at this produces much less greenhouse gas emissions compared with any kind of poultry or livestock.

Another great advantage is the effectiveness of larvae during their production. Getting kilogram of body weight to 2.2 kg of feed, which is comparable with the chickens and much less than in the case of beef and pork. And in terms of reproductive capability of insects substantially exceed the reproductive abilities of birds and mammals.

That’s why, as the experts, insect larvae over time can gradually take their rightful place in the diet of the inhabitants of the Earth, not just its individual regions, where it is widespread now.


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