What’s the difference between different insect proteins and which will be the most viable for consumers?
It used to be that animal protein was a luxury that we could afford ourselves occasionally, however in recent years, with the advent of industrial agriculture, eating animal protein has become the norm and consumption is dramatically increasing yearly. In America alone, people are eating 198 pounds of meat per person per year.
As these numbers grow, it seems unforeseeable that we will be able to depend on livestock alone to meet the market demand for protein. This means that we will have to be open to alternative sources of protein, and of those insects seem one of the most viable.
Although, still taboo in the western world, according to the FAO Edible Insects: Future Prospects and Feed Security , twenty percent of the world’s population is already consuming insects.