42 Insekten Essen Teaser

Graphic: Polygraph Design

Thinking space nature

Food on six legs

The world population is growing and so is the demand for nutritious food. Insects are high in protein, their breeding and processing is more climate-friendly than meat.

42 Insekten Essen Teaser

Graphic: Polygraph Design

Scientific research is attempting to determine which insects are particularly suitable for consumption, how nutritious individual species are, and how species-appropriate breeding of insects can be realised. The animals could be bred in insect farms or in small bioreactors. They grow fast and can be processed into many products.

When compared to meat, small creepy crawlies look pretty good. Cattle breeding, for example, consumes a lot of water. Insects get by with less: One kilogram of grasshoppers consumes one litre of water before being processed, one kilogram of beef 15,500 litres. Insects also only need two kilograms of food to produce one kilogram of body mass. The breeding of insects also causes fewer emissions: 100 grams of beef produce 750 grams of greenhouse gases, the production of the same amount of house crickets causes 100 times less. Insects can be kept on a much smaller scale than cattle or pigs.