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ARE WE READY FOR INSECTS AS FEED?

Cemalettin Kanaş
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Experts from every branch write that food demand will double in the next 30 years. During the same period, the expected increase in food and feed production remains at 60 percent. According to these figures, the number of malnourished people will increase by almost 1 billion in 2050. Besides, increasing urbanization may lead to the reduction of agricultural areas currently allocated for food production. All of these factors are alarming that animal production needs to be increased more efficiently to meet the protein deficit.

While traditional protein feed sources such as soybeans, fishmeal, and meat flour are increasing, the demand for alternative protein sources is growing each year. At this point, the issue of insect protein which has been widely talked about in recent years comes to the agenda throughout the world. Insects are a promising matter because they have the potential to be an alternative to traditional protein sources of animal and plant origin. This protein source, which is traditionally welcome in the plates in the Far East, is also increasingly used as animal feed for the rest of the world.

Insects; it is a profitable alternative for the players who want to invest in this area due to its high conversion rate of waste to biomass, short life cycles, and high protein content. So much so that companies operating in this field declare that insect farming is thousands of times more efficient in protein production than, say, soybean production.

We have allocated the special cover of this issue to insects which have a significant potential for the sector although not mainstream yet.

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