Bugging About the Future: Possibilities of Insect Meal in Poultry Production
Insect meal is quickly becoming a popular alternative protein source for both humans and poultry, but it comes with a host of both benefits and drawbacks. On the plus side, insect meal can be produced en masse with a relatively low land-use impact, and insects can be fed a wide range of substrate materials that are not suitable for livestock. On the other hand, regulations around insect meal are not up-to-date, and the demand also currently outweighs the supply. Will insect meal make an impact as a new protein source, and can it be used effectively in commercial poultry production?