Here in Britain, our Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) coordinates PROteINSECT. This is about farming insects (entomoculture) as a source of protein for animal feed.
FERA is part of our Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). I’m glad that DEFRA is getting involved in the rise of entomoculture. We in Europe are out of step with other continents, says PROteINSECT. ‘With an increasing global population and a rise in per-capita meat consumption in developing countries, there is a need to investigate alternative sources of protein for use in animal feed. For generations, a variety of insects have been a valuable source of protein for both human consumption and animal feed across continents other than Europe.
‘As consumption habits shift to pork, chicken and fish, insects have the potential to be utilised more effectively as a natural ingredient in high-protein feed.’
Yes, we’re out of step…
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