Insects as an alternative food protein source

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Insects as an alternative food protein source

In 2013 the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization stressed that a new approach to food production was crucial if we are to avoid future shortages. Their suggestion was edible insects. It is their sustainability credentials that has lead the UN to highlight insects as the potential future of food, requiring minimal resources to farm and producing substantially less waste than conventional livestock. “A protein shortage is expected in 2050, and we need to find alternative protein sources,” said Catriona Lakemond, associate professor Food Quality and Design Group, Wageningen University.

Around 2 billion people around the world already consume insects as part of their regular diet due to their high nutritional value, versatility and flavor. “In Zimbabwe, over 80% of the population eats insects,” said Lakemond. “Why? Because they like the taste and the nutritional properties.” Insects are a sustainable source of nutrition. “The protein content of the yellow mealworm is comparable to meat and fish.” Eric Michels, Project lead Insects, Vivara/CJ Wildbird Foods ltd. Agrees: “In addition, insects are ver efficient, with 10kg of feed, we can produce 9kg of locusts, compared to 1 kg of beef. Insects produce less waste, less manure and less greenhouse gas.” Continue reading “Insects as an alternative food protein source”

Insects as a sustainable food source – Presented by Catriona Lakemond, Wageningen University

Catriona Lakemond

Insects as a sustainable food source – Presented by Catriona Lakemond, Wageningen University at the Healthy Nutrition Conference which takes place on June 29, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

About Catriona Lakemond
Catriona Lakemond is an Assistant professor in the goup “Food Quality and Design” of Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Her research focusses on insect as a food source. She studies processing of insects to make them suitable for human consumption. This includes biofractionation of insect species with a focus on the protein fraction.

About Wageningen University
Wageningen UR is a research institution that focuses on the domain ‘healthy food and living conditions’ to explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life. We do fundamental research all over the world. We also train professionals who, in the near and distant future, will discover breakthroughs in science and technology. Continue reading “Insects as a sustainable food source – Presented by Catriona Lakemond, Wageningen University”