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Naturland adopts the first organic standards to have been passed in the EU on insects and the use of insect protein as a sustainable source of protein

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Insects are seen as a major source of protein for the future. They are not only rich in nutrients but their production can also be sustainable and environmentally friendly. It was with this in mind that the assembly of delegates of this organic association, which was held in May, unanimously adopted the new Naturland standards on organic insect breeding.

The FAO, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, therefore considers that insects will make an increasingly important contribution to feeding the growing world population. Besides being bred for human consumption, insects can also be used as an important ingredient of sustainably produced animal fodder.

Insects as a new source of protein in organic agriculture
“If we want to be successful in how we shape our future food supplies, the organic industry should not stop at what it has achieved so far but needs to keep on pursuing new developments. The standards we have now adopted are the first step on the path towards establishing insects as a new, sustainable source of protein in organic agriculture,” says Hubert Heigl, the president of Naturland. In the initial stages Naturland is concentrating on the area of fodder production. Globally speaking, fish meal plays an important role in animal husbandry and it could be replaced partially by insect meal. With regard to organic aquaculture, organically produced insect meal could be a not only sustainable but also a particularly species-appropriate substitute for fish meal and fish oil in fodder. Besides this, however, insect meal could also be applied as protein fodder for chickens and pigs.