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How to Make a Vegan Diet Even More Sustainable

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How to Make a Vegan Diet Even More Sustainable

A lot of people go vegan to help the planet. But what if you could do something even better than eating plants? According to the FAO, 30% of the world’s agricultural land area is used to produce food that will be wasted. Fruits, vegetables, roots and tubers have the highest wastage rates of any food (roughly 40 – 50 %). That’s a lot! Thankfully, insects can turn all that food waste into protein, vitamins, and minerals.

Insects are biowaste conversion machines

Some food waste can be avoided by better technology and good habits, but things like rice bran or banana peels just aren’t useful in a human diet. Insect species such as the black soldier fly, the common housefly and the yellow mealworm are very efficient at bioconverting organic waste like that. These species could collectively convert 1.3 billion tonnes of biowaste per year (1). Other insect species, such as crickets, can also be fed organic side streams to help make insect farming even more ecological.

Mealworm is more effective source of protein than soy

One of the most popular protein sources in a vegan diet is soy. Unfortunately, soy has an increasingly large environmental footprint and its mass-scale production is anything but sustainable. To produce 450 g of soy over 900 litters of water (2) and 1,6 square meters of land are required and it releases over 400 g of CO2 into the atmosphere (3). Most of the soy grown around the world is also genetically modified and needs large amounts of herbicides, currently it is a leading cause of deforestation in places like Brazil.

In contrast, to produce 450 g of mealworm, only 1,9 litters of water and 0,1 square meters are needed (4). That’s a substantial difference. And mealworm is about 48 % protein which is very close to the 50 % of soy. And on top of all that, mealworms also eat a wide variety of waste streams, including grain by-products, dried weeds, and even manures from other animals.

Mealworms are already recognized as a sustainable alternative to soy in animal feeding that can greatly reduce the bulk of organic pollution in our waste stream. Plus an optimized mealworm production system can produce a week’s worth of protein for one person in less than 18,6 square cm of space. Being vegan is a step towards sustainability. Eating insects along with plants means adding a big leap to it!

 Be a better vegan. Try our insect-based energy and protein bars!

Sources:

1) Veldkamp, ‘Insects as a sustainable feed ingredient in pig and poultry diets – a feasibility study’, 2012, https://www.wur.nl/upload_mm/2/8/0/f26765b9-98b2-49a7-ae43-5251c5b694f6_234247%5B1%5D

2) David Pimentel et al., ‘Water Resources: Agricultural and Environmental Issues’, 2004 BioScience, https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/article/54/10/909/230205/Water-Resources-Agricultural-and-Environmental

3) Annika Carlsson-Kanyama and Alejandro D González, ‘Potential contributions of food consumption patterns to climate change’, 2009 American Society of Nutrition, http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/89/5/1704S.full

4) FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN), ‘Edible insects – Future prospects for food and feed security’, Rome 2013, http://www.fao.org/docrep/018/i3253e/i3253e.pdf

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Suprised by taste

I have bought a starter pack and haven't tested all the products yet.
But protein bar and "milk" shake are excellent. And my friends are also interested in and so it's handy to have discount coupons for them.

Perfect ingredients, natural taste

I love the ingredients of this bar, nothing artificial, nothing that makes me bloated. I like that it is not too sweet, but has a natural, earthy flavour. Makes me full for hours.

Great powedered protein!

This very comparable to the mainstream whey powders from a nutritional content perspective - at 20/25 protein per scoop and ~120/30 kkcal. The taste is super nice! Blended in ~250/300 ml of water its surprisingly thick and smooth, which i like very much. The only minus I can think of is that it takes a bit more "shaking" to blend fully and ensure there are no hard pieces - not a big deal.

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I had the starter pack. I have to say, I really enjoyed it.
But lets go through it piece by piece.
Crackers: The crackers of all flavours were very good and crunchy. Only I found them a little bit too salty.
Protein bars (pleasure cricket): They were just perfect, I loved them.
Protein bars (serious): They were very good as well, but could be a little bit sweeter (but than they might not be serious anymore^^)
The protein powder tasted very good. I think it was sweeter than my usually used one(Huel), and did't feel to feed me as good, but still very nice.
The pasta were quite similar to other lentilles pasta, not very special.
I haven't tried the baking powder so far, but looking forward to use it for pancakes or so.

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