Aquaculture plays a decisive role in human nutrition: more than pig, sheep, cattle or poultry farming, aquaculture is the world’s fastest growing animal production. Half of the fish consumed comes from aquaculture (FAO 2014) and this figure will continue to increase. Fishmeal, the main source of food for aquaculture fish, is a premium nutritional ingredient. However, it is facing an unprecedented crisis due to the decrease in fish stocks. The FAO predicts a drop in supply of 3 million tonnes by 2025, due to a four-fold increase in fishmeal prices over the last 15 years. The lack of sustainable solutions for aquaculture has a negative impact on prices and availability for consumers. Thus, our insects offer a premium alternative and are becoming an unavoidable resource.
Insects are a solution of choice for animal nutrition for several reasons. On one hand, insects are naturally part of the diet of animals, even pets. In fact, between 3% and 5% of a wild cat’s diet consists of insects. They provide important nutritional benefits thanks to their high content of proteins and polyunsaturated fatty acids. On another hand, if properly controlled and structured, insect rearing has a low environmental impact compared to other sources of protein for animal nutrition. Indeed, it enables low emissions of greenhouse gases, the preservation of ocean biodiversity, and significant improvements in productivity linked to land use. In this way, insects are becoming a new natural, sustainable and responsible resource to meet the challenges of nutrition in aquaculture farms and to feed our pets.
Pets need healthy and balanced nutrition. Therefore, they need proteins that meet their strict nutritional requirements and high-quality fatty acids to keep them healthy. Ÿnsect products meet these needs, are highly digestible and have a great taste sensation that characterises the taste pleasure associated with the texture of the ingredients. Our Ÿinsect products are suitable for the nutrition of pets (dogs and cats) but also for New Pets (NPN): rodents, birds, reptiles, etc.
For pigs and poultry
EU authorizes use of PAPs (Processed Animal Proteins) in pig and poultry feed
On the 18th of August, 2021, the EU Commission adopted the decision to amend the ban on PAP use in pig and poultry feed, meaning that insect-based ingredients can now serve the sector. The decision, based on the scientific opinion from the European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA), follows the approval from both the European Parliament and Council as well as the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCOPAFF) in April 2021.
As the world’s biggest consumers of feed, this new regulation on pigs and poultry represents a huge breakthrough for the insect industry that Ÿnsect will fully embrace in its business activities.
Ÿnsect has identified ŸnMeal, a defatted insect protein, and ŸnOil, a light oil rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, as products that can complementarily meet the needs of the pig and poultry feed market.
Why feed insect ingredients to pigs and poultry?
Insects represent a significant opportunity to increase sustainability of animal feed. Most feed is currently made from soya, one of the leading causes of deforestation around the world. Piglets are also fed on fish meal, which encourages overfishing and further disruption to natural ecosystems and biodiversity. As well as the environmental benefits, insects are also highly beneficial to health and performance:
- Insects are part of the natural diet of both wild pigs and poultry.
- They constitute up to 10% of a bird’s natural nutrition, rising to 50% for some birds, such as turkeys.
- Molitor and Buffalo mealworms contain all the amino acids needed for optimal development, as well as having a protein content of 72%.
- In chickens, the consumption of insects can decrease pathogens and improve resistance to stress.
- In piglets, the consumption of insects can benefit health during the weaning phase.
Incorporating insects, notably mealworms, into pig and poultry feed will therefore not only increase animal wellbeing and industry efficiency, but also the nutritional value of the pork and chicken we consume, thanks to the animals’ improved diet and overall health.
Ÿnmeal is an ingredient naturally rich in highly digestible proteins (more than 70%). Formulated with Molitor larvae, and produced in powder form, Ÿnmeal is perfectly suitable for the nutrition of farmed fish and shellfish. It is used at a level of 5 to 30% in the formulation of nutritional rations.
Ÿnoil is a light oil, rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, extracted by a mechanical process from Molitor larvae. Ÿnoil is perfectly adapted to the diet of farmed fish and shellfish.