In industrial contexts, insect farming as a way to produce more sustainable livestock feeds is an emerging sector with the potential to lessen the environmental impact of food systems.

In the United States., most livestock are fed grain-based feed which contributes to the high environmental impact of meat and animal products. Conventional feeds rely on high-yield monocrop agriculture that requires intensive use of land, water, and pesticides, and leads to the decline of biodiversity and soil health. 

Additionally, in the U.S. 30-40%, nearly 133 billion pounds, of food is wasted each year. Organic waste accumulation leads to high greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to air pollution and global temperature rise. 

Insects can be raised on waste streams, converting an available resource to a nutritious protein component for livestock animals and people, a key step toward building a more circular food system.

Listen to the complete interview with Micheal Place and Jeffery Tomberlin on Spotify.

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