Protein is a key part of the human diet and essential for good health.

The main source of dietary protein typically comes from livestock products. Livestock based protein products are associated with negative environmental impacts. These impacts include high greenhouse gas emissions and water demand. There is, therefore, an increasing demand for alternative protein sources. Alternative protein sources include traditional plant-based proteins and novel insect proteins.

Insect protein

There has been a rising demand in recent years for ingredients that are high in protein for livestock and aquaculture feed. Frequently used ingredients such as soybean meal and fishmeal have serious environmental impacts, such as deforestation and depletion of fish stocks.

Insect protein is a new interesting growth area but there are regulatory and production challenges with its use. As well as interest in the use of insects for feed for fish, poultry, pigs and pets, direct human consumption is also being considered.

Our expertise

Our sustainability consultants can help companies overcome the challenges of switching to alternative proteins. We provide advice on areas including: sustainable sourcing, environmental impact and practical implementation.

Working with our in-house team of entomologists, we offer complete advice on insect production.

We can help your organisation develop and implement practical strategies in producing and sourcing alternative proteins, see our key services here.

Contact Sarah Wynn for more information on how we can help you.