Maggots Could Help Feed the World

Using insect larvae to convert food waste into high-protein feed for animals is a burgeoning industry, and has quickly become a promising component of sustainable agriculture.

If the idea of munching on insects has you wrinkling your nose in disgust, perhaps you’d settle for eating meat from animals raised on insects?

A handful of companies around the world see the value of turning insects, including mealworms, crickets, and black soldier flies (Hermetia illucens), into high-protein animal feed for fish, pigs, and chickens. Thanks to new investments and updated laws, insect farms have lately been gaining traction as an emerging component of sustainable agriculture.

“Insect proteins are a full-on new category of animal feed, and with a broad range of applications and opportunities,” Kees Aarts, CEO and co-founder of Protix, a Netherlands-based insect farm that raises black soldier flies, told Seeker. “They are sustainable, low-footprint, rich in nutrients and hold great taste potential.”

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