The Center for Environmental Sustainability Through Insect Farming Receives $2.2m to Explore Insect-Based Solutions

Texas A&M AgriLife Research is the agricultural and life sciences research agency of the U.S. state of Texas and a part of the Texas A&M University System. They have just partnered with the School of Science at the Indiana University School of Medicine and Mississippi State University. This partnership intends to explore the use of insects as food and feed in agriculture as a response to overpopulation, climate change, and a shrinking food supply.

The collaboration is referred to as The Center for Environmental Sustainability Through Insect Farming and has been started with a grant from the National Science Foundation. The funding came in the size of $2.2 million. The way the world is changing – growing populations, climate change, and the need for sustainability – means we need alternative protein sources. 

Beyond this collaboration, they intend to partner with over 30 companies in the U.S. and abroad in order to address the potential of insect farming. These partners will include food suppliers and insect farming pioneers such as Aspire Food Group, Protix, and Beta Hatch Inc. 

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, it’s estimated that traditional agriculture will fall about 40 percent short of the world’s needed food supply by 2050. The leaders of the Center for Environmental Sustainability Through Insect Farming say that insect farming can provide a practical, economical and sustainable path for producing high-value protein and reducing agricultural waste — addressing issues related to climate change, environmental sustainability, socio-economic development and agriculture. Insects might offer a protein source as well as help in the process of converting agricultural byproducts into protein. They provide the chance at a circular economy solution.

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