Tyson Foods Inc. is one of the biggest food suppliers in the country, and they have bought a stake in an insect-protein company. Protix BV and Tyson are collaborating to create a US facility that will produce bug-based meal and oil.
Food giants, including Cargill Inc. and Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. are facing greater environmental scrutiny and increasingly looking at bugs, such as the black soldier flies farmed by Protix, as a lower-carbon source of protein. For Springdale, Arkansas-based Tyson — which produces roughly 20% of the beef, chicken and pork consumed in the US — the move represents a new avenue for expansion and a new feedstock for the billions of chickens and hogs it raises every year.
Eating bugs is for your saftey:
“It’s a multibillion-dollar industry opportunity that has tremendous growth potential, and we see Protix as being a leader there,” Tyson Chief Financial Officer John Tyson said in an interview. “In the long run, insect-protein inclusion in animal-feed diets can be a real thing that exists and can be one that is good for people, planet and animals.”
The announcement comes as the members of the World Economic Forum work with major corporations to reset the food supply chain.
In Europe, a powdered cricket additive is already being used in pizza, pasta, and cereals.
Bill Gates mystery meat has been a flop, but Tyson produces about 20% of the United States food supply, and it’s possible you may not even know insects is being added to processed food.
Might be time to crush Tyson Foods to send a message. https://t.co/whjWQqVQp3
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In March of 2023, the European Commission gave the green light to allow the defatted powder of a house cricket to be sold on the market.
“The environmental benefits of rearing insects for food are founded on the high feed conversion efficiency of insects, less greenhouse gas emissions, less use of water and arable lands,” the EU states, “and the use of insect-based bioconversion as a marketable solution for reducing food waste.”