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Households are facing the prospect of even higher food prices owing to the war in Ukraine, threatening hikes of the kind seen in 2008 after the global financial crisis, as wheat exports from Ukraine and Russia come under threat, compounding price increases resulting from the climate crisis.
The global insect feed market size is expected to reach US$ US$ 2,204.7 Mn by Q4 2030. According to a recent study by Future Market Insights (FMI), the market will surge at 10.0% CAGR between 2020 and 2030. Furthermore, there will be an increased demand for insect-derived feeds and insect harvesting for industrial uses.
Residual streams from insect production have the potential to improve plant health, while reducing pesticide and fertiliser use, say researchers from Wageningen University and Research. According to the International Platform for Insects for Food and Feed, around 9 million Europeans consumed products with insects in 2019.
Environmentally friendly consumers prefer the idea of using alternative proteins, such as insects, in poultry feed if they’re given enough information about the health and environmental benefits, a new study by the University of Alberta has found. “Producers need to get the labelling sorted out as these feeds are developed,” said study co-author Sven Anders, an agricultural economist and professor in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences.