Insect protein for food sources

This solution was shared by PRE-LAUNCH RESEARCH TEAM , 14 May 2021

Print date: 14 April 2024 10:26

Description of the innovative solution

Alternative protein Food biodiversity Waste Water availability Animal-sourced food Nutritious food

Protein is often a limiting nutrient when it comes to food security and high quality sources of protein often have a significant environmental impact. High quality, low environmental impact protein sources are needed to successfully provide this essential nutrient. This innovation sees insect sources of protein as the ideal solution. There are over 2,100 edible insects so there are many options that can be used in food dishes. The most promising insects that could be used for food production include black soldier flies, silkworms, grasshoppers, and termites. Insect protein tends to contain about 60% protein, contains vitamin B12, and has more calcium than milk, and more iron than spinach. It requires 455 L water to create 6 grams of beef and 72 grams of crickets, plus crickets require very little space. As the population continues to grow, insects are a viable option of a protein source that can be used in communities across the globe. While eating insects may be a great source of protein and other nutrients for humans, people in some regions, such as the United States, are averse to eating insects. So, educating the public on the positive effects of eating insects will be beneficial in making the practice more widespread.

Supply chain segment

Agricultural inputs and primary production practices

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Food quality Food affordability Climate mitigation Climate adaptation Water use Soil health Reducing biodiversity loss Reducing pollution

SDG target

SDG 2: Zero Hunger SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being SDG 10: Reduced Inequality SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production SDG 13: Climate Action SDG 15: Life on Land


Urban Peri-urban Rural Marine/Coastal

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Different Countries that Incorporate Insects into Their Diets
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There are many dishes around the world that incorporate insects


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