Protein alternatives worm their way onto the dinner plate
Demand is increasing for protein alternatives, source of ingredients and superfoods. Will traditional protein sources be replaced by a cheaper and more sustainable source such as insects?
Insects are nutrient-rich and a great source of protein, and around two billion people worldwide already include insects as part of their diet.
With the world population projected to grow to around 9 billion by 2050, it is essential to develop different protein sources. Over 1,000 species of edible insects currently exist, including water beetles, wasps and larvae.
Ana Christina Day, Founder & CEO of 4ento, and exhibitor at Hi Europe 2014, shares:
“It only takes 1 litre of water to produce 1 kilo of crickets, in comparison to 22,000 litres of water to produce 1 kilo of beef, making insects not only a great source of protein and minerals, but highly sustainable.”