The global increase in world population requires the development of new protein sources. The FAO predicts that the demand for meat products will double to around 410 million kg/a in 2050, which means the global demand for processed products from animal production is increasing, and with it the demand for protein-rich animal feed.

Alternatives must be found to cover the protein requirement or to close the widening protein gap. The feeding of processed animal proteins from insects appears to be particularly suitable as an alternative to replace fishmeal and soy meal in animal feed. A large number of different insects are suitable for this, such as the mealworm (Tenebrio molitor), to use them as a protein and fat supplier in animal feed. Compared to other animal protein carriers, insects offer several advantages. They provide very high-quality proteins that contain all 21 proteinogenic amino acids. They are also excellent feed converters with protein conversion rates of around 1.5:1 and have a short generation time.

The demands of the insects concerning space and water are low and a low production of greenhouse gas emissions in comparison with other livestock distinguish them, the online seminar 'Insect Revolution' shows how to raise insects industrially and which boundary conditions have to be observed.

This two-day conference runs October 13-14, each day will be about four hours long. Day one takes on the topic of insects in general, and day two discusses insect facilities, engineering and animal nutrition.

For more information visit the link, HERE.

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