The world population is expected to increase to between 9 and 10 billion people by 2050. The demand for animal- and plant-based proteins will be driven by the increasing world population as well as increasing prosperity. After all, proteins are essential nutrients for humans as well as animals.
The traditional methods of food production are clearly not sustainable in the long term. It is therefore essential to secure the future of food for our planet in a sustainable manner. Innovative solutions are being developed and implemented all over the world to secure an adequate supply of food for our planet in the future. Insect farming is a rapidly growing and innovative technology that has the potential to provide humans as well as animals with a cost-effective and sustainable source of high-quality nutrients, including proteins and lipids.
Insect farming offers very interesting opportunities for the production of animal proteins. Insect farming is actually much more sustainable as a source of food than the farming of animals such as cattle, pigs, or poultry.
The Black Soldier Fly is presently the most widely farmed insect in the world. It is one of the most efficient organisms in the world when it comes to converting organic waste streams into high-quality protein. The Black Soldier Fly also has a relatively short life cycle. Under optimum conditions, the development of a Black Soldier Fly egg into the larval stage and then the pupa stage takes only 6 days. Its high food conversion efficiency and short life-cycle make the Black Soldier Fly an ideal organism for commercial farming and the production of high-protein feedstocks.