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 the future, various efforts have been made to find viable options for alleviating protein insecurity.
ENTOPRO is an insect-derived novel protein source that has the potential to sustainably deliver the protein requirement of the future by overcoming the challenges relating to 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 have several following advantages over traditional options.
• High Feed-conversion efficiency(an animal’s capacity to convert feed mass 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 like 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 infection
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 the 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.