The use of invertebrates as alternatives to vertebrates in food production : opportunities and challengesCapitán, Sara
In its current form, food production adds pressure to climate change, biodiversity loss, antibiotic resistance, the emergence of zoonotic diseases, and other threats to human health. An alternative towards a more sustainable food system is the use of insects to replace vertebrate animal products. Insects are nutritious, can be fed crop residue, and their by-product—frass—can be used as organic fertilizer. In this essay I discuss and outline challenges and opportunities for scaling up insect farming.
Keywordssustainable food systems; circular food systems; insect production; frass; organic fertilizer
Published inIntroductory research essay (Department of Ecology, SLU)
Publisher: Department of Ecology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences