The rapid rise of insect farming is being driven by the growing demand for sustainable alternatives for the production of meat, dairy products, and cattle feed based on high-quality animal proteins. The so-called protein transition is gaining momentum on a global scale, and the demand for insect-based proteins continues to grow.
Insect farming is, in principle, much more efficient and sustainable than the farming of cattle, pigs, and poultry. Insects are 4 to 10 times more efficient in converting nutrients into body mass. In addition, insect larvae feed on a wider range of residual waste streams that are efficiently converted into protein-rich body mass.
Finally, insect farming requires much less space and water, and the emission of greenhouse gases also appears to be lower. In short, an insect farming business offers a sustainable solution for the growing global demand for protein.