October 23, 2020

Insects for WORLD’s need for PROTEIN – Circular Economy

We need not panic when someone says insects will be the next big source of proteins for all human needs all over the world. As per today’s record, there are almost two hundred crores of people exist in the world, who eat insects through their daily course of a meal. Most of this population live in China and Africa. People from certain European nations also consume insects as their regular food. From 2017, ‘Meal Worm Burger’ that was introduced in Switzerland by a leading food company had become popular and the consumption rate has increased rapidly. Even from traditional Indian kitchens of the village, to cook ‘mayfly / winged ants’ are very common, especially in the south.

Source: Bloomberg

A recent survey says the need for edible insects may raise by 1.8 to 3 billion dollars in 2023. These edible insects (Black Soldier Fly) are becoming a part of ‘direct human food’, on the other hand, these insects also serve the purpose of feeding the fish and cattle, in the farms.

46% of the food products are being wasted every says a report, at this point, in an interview, Syrine Chaalala, founder of Next Protein, said, “the protein that you may get from the cultivation of soya beans in 100 hectares can be procured by growing ‘Black Soldier Fly’ in just 100 sq.ft,” he also said, one kilogram of protein-rich ‘Black Soldier Fly’ from every twenty kilograms of food waste.

Syrine says it all with an ambition of producing one lakh tons of protein through the cultivation of Black Soldier Fly by 2025.

Merits of Black Soldier Fly cultivation:

  1. Prevention of pollution through food waste
  2. Production of rich protein supplements from food waste
  3. Deforestation for the sake of growing protein-rich plants can be avoided
  4. Very limited resource of land and water can help one in the cultivation of Black Soldier Fly, that can be feed to the cattle, which results in protein-rich milk, eggs and meat: consumed by humans
  5. Agriculture based on insect farming encourages Circular Economy

(Note: all the above said are information gathered from the internet, in the future, changes may be brought to the article – if we find anything different during our further research).

Edited by:

Sooraj M - CEO, Virutcham Foundation (Nammakal)