A growing global population with changing socio-demographics, will place increased pressure on the world’s resources to provide not only more food but also protein. To meet the protein and nutrition challenges of today and future, various eﬀorts have been made to ﬁnd viable options for alleviating protein insecurity.
ENTOPRO is an insect derived novel protein source that has potential to sustainably deliver the protein requirement of the future by overcoming the challenges relating to the nutrition, environment, and consumer preference. Insects provide a good source of proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals and are also energetically dense. They can transform the low nutritive waste products into a high protein diet, making them a promising source of alternative protein for replacement in animal feeds. Moreover, the edible insect proteins (or their amino acid proﬁles) are also comparable or even superior to traditional sources of protein like ﬁsh meal or soybean.
The insect derived proteins like ENTOPRO has several following advantages over traditional options.
- High feed-conversion eﬃciency (an animal’s capacity to convert feedmass into increased body mass, represented as kg of feed per kg of weight gain)
- They can be reared on organic side streams, reducing environmental contamination,while adding value to waste
- Low ecological footprint as compared to traditional animal protein. Insects emit relatively few greenhouse gases (GHG’s) and relatively little ammonia
- Require signiﬁcantly less water than any other farm animal rearing
- They have few animal welfares issues (because the extent to which insects experience pain is largely unknown)
- Lower risk of transmitting zoonotic infections
Novel proteins require the development of new value chains, and attention to issues such as production costs, food safety, scalability and consumer acceptance. Hence, ENTOPRO has been designed to overcome major constraint of prohibitive costs of feed, including meat meal, ﬁshmeal and soybean meal, which represent 60–70 percent of production costs. Moreover, ENTOPRO also does not exhibit any cross-reactivity with known allergens nor does it get impacted by other factors like heat stability, sensitivity to pH or digestibility by gastrointestinal proteases.