Trillions is committed to the efficient use of resources for a sustainable world and healthy food.
For this we have a great ally: insects.
"Insects perform many beneficial functions; for example, they facilitate pollination, disseminate seeds, improve soil texture and decompose dead plant cover. (...) In addition, many insects play an important role in human nutrition. (...) Insects contribute significantly to the food security and livelihoods of people in many developing countries".
These reflections from the article Edible forest insects, an often overlooked source of protein by P. Vantomme gives us a clear idea of the importance and necessity of using this type of animal for our food. To this we add our unavoidable commitment to sustainability, the result of the belief and experience that there is only one possible way: to be sustainable in an integral way, that is to say, both in the forms of production and in the forms of food.
The increase in the world's population and the resulting growth in food consumption is forcing us to transform our traditional food sources, which is why we work with insect protein such as cricket meal, as it is 20 times more efficient than using other types of animals when reared as a source of protein. Trillions is committed to insects because they are one of the most sustainable sources of protein our planet has to offer.
According to a study presented by FAO at the International Conference on Forests for Food and Nutrition Security, insects are an easily accessible source of nutritious, protein-rich foods found in forests. More than 2 billion people use insects in their traditional food diets. And despite what we may believe, interesting research developed by FAO in collaboration with Wageningen University (Netherlands) shows that humans consume more than 1,900 species of insects worldwide.
Insect breeding can help to avoid overexploitation of forests. Because they are cold-blooded, insects do not use food energy to maintain body temperature. On average, insects consume only 2 kg of feed to produce 1 kg of insect meat. At the other end of the spectrum, a cow requires 8 kg of feed to produce 1 kg of beef.
In addition, insects produce a small amount of emissions such as methane, ammonia, greenhouse gases and manure, all of which pollute the environment. In fact, insects can be used to break down waste, aiding composting processes that return nutrients to the soil while reducing odours.
Environmental sustainability also depends on the ways in which crops are grown. It is estimated that the world will have more than 8.5 billion people by the middle of the 21st century and according to an FAO report, 26% of the dry land area is used to grow pasture for livestock, and of the total arable land, 33% is used to produce crops for livestock. Insects substantially reduce this impact.
Not only water, they also require less food than other animals. While cattle require 8kg of feed to produce 1kg of body weight gain, crickets need only 2kg to do so, making them very efficient at food conversion.