In the longer term, it is forecasted to peak at around 10,4 billion in the 2080s.
In addition, the climate is changing, we should change too. Innovation for circular economy reducing emissions, and low-carbon technologies are crucial to tackle and slow the detrimental changes.
Limited resources for key raw material
Animal feed production and especially aquaculture already have a deep impact on the planet’s natural resources. Indeed, animal protein production needs feed. This industry relies on two major commodities: fishmeal (an animal protein) that depends on wild catch fisheries, at a large extent, and soybean (a vegetal protein).
The crops of soybean, used as feed for animal protein production, human food, and biodiesel are also overstretched and assume the increase of land exploitation, i.e. the destruction of forests and biodiversity. In addition growing more crops will require more water which is going scarce in many parts of the world. It is today a major geostrategic stake.
there was a sustainable and alternative protein.
• Not in competition with human food
• Low land footprint
• Low water footprint
• Low carbon footprint
The production of insects has a really low hydric and ecological footprint compared with traditional protein and its industrial implementation requires small lands to be exploited for very high yield.
Furthermore, with a view to pursuing the objective of a more significant development of insect farming, these are able to feed themselves with underutilized nutrients that can be transformed into proteins for animal feeding and aquaculture. This bioconversion creates a virtuous circle that makes insect protein a sustainable and efficient alternative to other ingredients.
The Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens) bioconversion allows to recycle naturally and very quickly undervalorized organic side-streams, by generating biomass.
From 1 kg of BSF eggs, less than 2 weeks later, we will harvest 6 tons of larvae, which is an incredibly efficient ratio.
At the end of the growth, the larvae are separated from frass – which is the left-over product including larvae waste, exoskeleton sheds and remaining feed ingredients.
The process includes washing, dehydration, grinding and fractionation into functional ingredients: meal and oil.
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