Insects can be a source of high-quality protein (i.e. source of essential amino acids), vitamins and minerals depending on the species, stage of development and diet. In comparison to some meat products they also have lower concentrations of cholesterol alongside a favourable Omega-3 / Omega-6-fatty acid ratio. Another advantage of insects is their production. Insects reproduce quickly, and they have high growth and feed conversion rates and a low environmental footprint over their entire life cycle.
10x less feed compared to producing the same amount of beef
100x less greenhouse gas production than cows
100x less time compared to producing the same amount of beef
200x less land in comparison to traditional livestock
2500x less water compared to producing the same quality and quantity of beef
2x more Protein in insects compared to beef
Source: Insects to Feed the World. Journal of Insects as Food and Feed 1: 3-5 – Van Huis, A., Dicke, M. and Van Loon, J.J.A. (2015)