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The SDGs at work in the insect industry

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Zero hunger

  1. A limited variety of food sources can lead to vitamin and mineral deficiencies, which can lead to malnutrition. Insects can provide an alternative food source containing a wide range of nutrients such as proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals.
     

  2. Providing affordable and accessible food. In many parts of the world, access to a cheap protein and nutritious food source is limited. Insects can be a cheap and affordable source of protein for many people, especially in developing countries.

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Good Health and well-being

  1. Quality nutrition - as the basis for a healthy body. Protein from insects provides high-quality protein that can be used as an alternative to animal proteins such as meat and fish.
     

  2. Reduces the risk of disease associated with air, water and soil pollution and promotes public health. Because insect recycling helps reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

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Clean water and sanitation

  1. The usage of insect protein in fish feed reduces fluoride emissions to rivers, seas and oceans.
     

  2. The usage of organic fertilizers from insects reduces the amount of mineral fertilizer applied and decreases groundwater pollution.
     

  3. The usage of organic fertilizers from insects cuts the amount of water needed to grow plants, and this diminishes the problem of water shortages.

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Climate action

  1. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions: The recycling of organic waste by insects reduces greenhouse gas emissions such as methane, which is produced by natural composting of poultry manure. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a key aspect of climate change action.
     

  2. Sustainable feed and food production: Insects derived from recycling can be used as a sustainable source of animal feed and protein for human consumption. This reduces pressure on natural resources and reduces greenhouse gas emissions associated with conventional livestock and aquaculture.
     

  3. Soil Restoration and Carbon Absorption: Insect waste products, such as compost and mineral-rich fractions, can be used as fertilizer, helping to restore soil fertility and increase its ability to absorb carbon. This helps fight climate change by improving the carbon balance and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Life below water

  1. Reducing pressure on fishing: Insects derived from recycling can serve as an alternative source of protein and feed for aquaculture. This reduces reliance on fish meal, which is traditionally used in fish feed, which in turn reduces pressure on wild fish and marine ecosystems.
     

  2. Improved water quality: The recycling of hazardous chicken litter by insects prevents it from entering water resources and reduces the risk of water pollution. In addition, using insects as aquaculture feed can reduce nitrate and phosphate production in fish waste, which also improves water quality.

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Life on Land

  1. Thus, insect recycling can contribute to UNO Goal 15 "Life on Earth" by reducing the amount of waste entering the environment and improving soil quality, which contributes to biodiversity and ecosystem sustainability.

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Partnership for the goals

  1. Interdisciplinary collaboration: The development and implementation of insect recycling technologies requires collaboration between different fields of knowledge such as biology, ecology, engineering, agronomy and economics. This promotes interdisciplinary partnerships between scientific institutions, government organizations, and the private sector.
     

  2. International cooperation: Waste management, food safety, and climate change are global issues that require joint efforts and knowledge. The development and application of insect recycling technologies can stimulate international cooperation, exchange of experience, and technology transfer.

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