What are the animals we consume eating?
Human population is increasing. Meat consumption is rising, and our planet is running out of resources. How are we to feed not only humanity, but also the animals that humanity relies on for food?
Fishmeal: Feeding fish other fish
Fishmeal mostly comes from unwanted fish caught in ocean nets (known as bycatch), small pelagic fish species, and unused fish parts in food processing. The scale of this industry is massive and seriously damaging to the environment despite fishery management quotas and government regulation.
Poor management, environmental degradation, and overfishing are leading to higher costs and a decreasing supply whilst trying to meet a skyrocketing demand.
SOY Many PROBLEMS (and more)
Soy is a thirsty plant. The leading cause of clear-cutting forests is due to the ever-rising demand for soymeal and the farmland required to grow the plant. Combining these factors with a changing climate, we are seeing decreasing yields, fewer acres of arable farmland every year, and a dwindling supply of freshwater resources.
Plant proteins are also deficient in some of the key amino acids that animals need to thrive. Some of the issues seen in soy-fed animals are increased applications of antibiotics used to combat inflammation and other diseases brought about by an unhealthy diet.
A SMALL FIX
Our solution is simple and small.
Tenebrio molitor, or the larvae of the darkling beetle consists of a high-quality amino and oleic acid profile that can be healthily fed to livestock, and even our pets. Considering many of the animals we are acquainted with are also natural insectivores, using mealworms as the main source of protein in animal feed is a step in the right direction; bringing us back to basics.
They eat healthy mealworms and we eat healthier meat.
It turns out raising mealworms to replace animal feed is more nutritious for the animals and more environmentally-friendly.
We have the ability to sustain ourselves. We just have to think small.
Learn how you can help Biotrophics grow insects to become sources of protein in animal feed.
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