Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Just when you thought the EU couldn't sink any lower: Livestock to be fed larvae reared on cow and pig excrement in EU trial to meet rising demands for meat

It is hardly the most appetising of prospects, but it could just be the only viable way to satisfy the ever-increasing global demand for meat.

A plan to feed animals with protein-rich maggots which have been reared on cow and pig excrement, is currently being trialled by the EU.

Soya beans which are normally used in feed for animals such as chickens, pigs and fish, are in great demand so scientists and farmers have been searching for a cheap and viable alternatives.

The EU plan would see flies bred on an industrial scale using readily-available animal and vegetable waste, with the maggots, or larvae, which they create then being used for feed.