The Future of Sustainable Animal Feed and Pets Food
Current issues that are plaguing the feed industry
The global animal feed industry is the largest and most important component of livestock raising, and fish and poultry farming. It is crucial to the industry to be able to provide animal proteins that are safe, plentiful and affordable.
However, this industry is facing many issues, sustainability and the rapid growth of the meat, dairy and fish industry being the main ones. It is estimated that animal protein (poultry, swine, beef) and dairy production will double, and fish production is expected to have tripled by 2050. This is a lot of growth in a relatively short amount of time, and it is leading to sustainability issues, a lack of transparency surrounding the quality of feed that is being produced, rising cost and increasing concerns about the environmental impact that it is having. In order to combat these many issues, many farmers and feed manufacturers are now looking at alternative feed solutions, in particular the use of Black Soldier Fly protein.
The many benefits of Black Soldier Flies
The Black Soldier Fly will eat basically anything and they can be fed on most organic substrates, making them a highly versatile and adaptable insect. They also don’t need fresh water, they get all the moisture that they need from the food that they consume.At an industrial scale, black soldier fly larvae production has multiple positive impacts on environment and society.
-Reduced burden on landfills by upcycling local organic waste. Bringing nutrients to life and stimulating the local economy
-Improved ocean health, by replacing fish meal and fish oil in livestock and pet diets. Reduces chances of an environmental disaster
-Using less water, less land and producing less GHG emissions than other traditional protein and oil sources. Producing protein and oil in a more sustainable way