Insect-based feed for the production of animals in the EU
Question for written answer E-004233/2021
to the Commission
Francisco Guerreiro (Verts/ALE)
On 17 August 2021, the Commission adopted a decision to amend the Feed Ban Regulation, allowing the use of certain animal proteins, including insect-derived protein, to feed pigs and poultry.
Insects are mentioned in the Farm to Fork strategy as one alternative European-produced feed material that can reduce dependency on critical feed materials, for example soya grown on deforested land. However, the Farm to Fork strategy also emphasises One Health and the important role of improved animal welfare in a sustainable food system.
The EU agricultural outlook for markets, income and environment 2020-2030 assessed the impact that insect farming would have when fully commercialised and if all existing restrictions were lifted. It forecast that the increased supply of insect meal and lower prices could support conventional intensive animal production.
- 1.What assessments has the Commission made of the impacts of the authorisation of insect protein for pig and poultry feed and its impacts on intensive animal farming systems, and will the Commission make such assessments public?
- 2.What plans does the Commission have to further regulate the insect sector?