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Parliamentary questions
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12 February 2019
E-000810-19
Question for written answer E-000810-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Tom Vandenkendelaere (PPE)

 Subject:  Insect breeding as an alternative to imports of plant protein
 Answer in writing 

The report of 2018 by the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council on the development of plant protein states that the EU’s degree of self-sufficiency, although it varies between protein sources, is very low: 79% for rape seed, 42% for sunflower seed and 5% for soya.

The EU therefore imports some 17 million tonnes of crude protein per annum, mainly from Brazil, Argentina and the USA. In order to increase the degree of self-sufficiency, some scientists have suggested that farming insects might provide a solution in the animal feed sector. In 2017 the Commission granted permission for fish meal to contain insects.

Does the Commission also intend to allow protein derived from insects to be used in animal feed for other livestock?

If so, for which animals, and how soon?

Original language of question: NL 
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