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Insects Are Food for Tomorrow’s Meat Industry

January 13th, 2015

We’re desperately searching for a way to sustain our meat industry. Scientists predict that if we don’t find an answer by 2050, our food production will start having problems. With nowhere to go, people start turning to a different type of animal to help feed us – insects.

AgriProtein is one of the companies heading the journey into the unexplored lands of insect feed. Their product, MagMeal, is made from a factory which attracts flies into cages using abattoir waste, and then allows the flies to breed. Once the eggs are hatched, the larvae are then dried and compressed into smaller flakes or powder, which are then shipped off to animal feed mills. What this means is that different materials in food processing are being recycled in order to gain more efficiency, as well as provide more materials. The flies feed on leftover animal waste, then breed larvae, which then feed the animals who produce the waste. It’s a perfect cycle that a lot of people are beginning to support because it produces less waste overall, and saves a lot of fish from the ocean being used as food. If you’d like to learn a bit more about MagMeal, here’s a video which goes much more in-depth.

Originally it was wondered if insects could simply be made into food directly, but the one big problem is that it becomes a psychological problem to people when they’re told that they’re eating food made out of insects. In order to counteract this, products such as MagMeal instead encourage the fact that animals like pigs are simply fed the insects, meaning you’re not actually eating them directly. Although this seems silly, it’s still a factor that we must take into account.

What would you rather eat – a hamburger with a cricket flour bun, or a patty from a pig that was raised on insect feed?

Full Article: http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2014/dec/08/insects-feed-animals-meat-industry-startup-food

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