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Science  16 Oct 2015:
Vol. 350, Issue 6258, pp. 267-269
DOI: 10.1126/science.350.6258.267

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Insects may well be the animal feed of the future, scientists say. The world's appetite for meat and fish is growing, and the production of feed is an increasing strain on land and water. Insects such as maggots and mealworms could provide much of the protein animals need at a much lower environmental cost; many insect species can feed on organic waste. Regulatory agencies are now weighing the benefits against potential safety risks of insects as feed; a recent report by the European Food Safety Authority concluded that more research is needed. But a few entrepreneurs have already started rearing insects at an industrial scale.