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Should we replace meat with insect derived protein?
Insect farming is more cost efficient, uses less space and can produce more protein.
This efficiency is due to the fact that insects draw their body heat from their surrounds (
), they do not have to expend energy to create body heat as mammals do.
accounts for 70% of agricultural land use. In comparison, insect farming can even take place in populated urban centres.
Insects, unlike animals such as cows and chickens, like being
to small spaces.
Insects reproduce very fast and reach maturity quickly.
Even with ideas for lowering the environmental impact for animal products through animal-based substitutions instead of elimination, like
insects and cultured meat
, the vegan diet still uses the least amount of land.
There are more conventional alternatives that can be availed of, that are significantly more efficient and palatable to consumers, than insects.