Would you eat meat from animals fed on insects?

Providing enough food for billions of growing farm animals is no easy task - so could insects be the answer? On last week's BBC Countryfile (Sunday 30 November 2015), Tom Heap had an exclusive look at European trials where they are feeding pigs and chickens with maggots.

As part of the European-funded research project PROteINSECT, researchers are trialling the use of insects as a protein-rich feed for fish, pigs, and chickens to find out whether insects could be the solution.

Meat production places an increasing strain on natural resources and has a major environmental impact. Insects, say the team of scientists could be the answer - providing the type of protein farm animals need at a much lower environmental cost. 

However, critics argue that there could be a negative health impact, as insects may transmit diseases to the farm animals that eat them, which in turn are then eaten by people. The European Food Safety Authority in Italy has called for further studies to be carried out into the use of insects as animal feed. 

But what do you think? Vote below and have your say.

Would you eat meat from animals fed on insects?

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Providing enough food for billions of growing farm animals is no easy task – so could insects be the answer? On last week’s BBC Countryfile (Sunday 30 November 2015), Tom Heap had an exclusive look at European trials where they are feeding pigs and chickens with maggots.

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As part of the European-funded research project PROteINSECT, researchers are trialling the use of insects as a protein-rich feed for fish, pigs, and chickens to find out whether insects could be the solution.

Meat production places an increasing strain on natural resources and has a major environmental impact. Insects, say the team of scientists could be the answer – providing the type of protein farm animals need at a much lower environmental cost. 

However, critics argue that there could be a negative health impact, as insects may transmit diseases to the farm animals that eat them, which in turn are then eaten by people. The European Food Safety Authority in Italy has called for further studies to be carried out into the use of insects as animal feed. 

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But what do you think? Vote below and have your say.

Would you eat meat from animals fed on insects?