Insects oils, a new ingredient for poultry, pig feeds

Insects oils, a new ingredient for poultry, pig feeds

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Insects are known for their protein content, but they are also rich in lipids and other useful components.

More than 2,100 insect species are consumed as food or feed all over the world — and 25 have been scientifically investigated as a feed ingredient. European regulations accept seven species, but two represent more than 80% of scientific literature: the mealworm (Tenebrio molitor) and the black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens).