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Report explores using insects to feed livestock

23 October 2015

The Global Food Security Programme has produced a report examining the potential of insects as animal feed following a workshop in August 2015.

The workshop aimed to identify knowledge gaps and scope the priorities for research around the use of insects as an alternative animal feed.

Its purpose was to explore and highlight possible issues associated with rearing insects on an industrial scale. It was also a way to increase understanding of the role insect protein can play in the context of the wider food security challenge.

Participants, including representatives from academia, industry and policy, identified five key priorities: availability and suitability of substrates, safety, legislation, economics of production and consumer acceptance.

The report is published at www.foodsecurity.ac.uk/assets/pdfs/insects-as-animal-feed.pdf (PDF 2.9MB).

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