Australia government funds edible worms research

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Australian government provided Philip Ellery, a researcher in Queensland, Australia, with a research grant (which? how large?) to assess the feasibility of producing edible worms to sell as animal food, such as for pets or for fish. Worms had adequate protein nutritional value and did not need much energy or feeding resources, making them potentially cheap food to produce.

Dr Ellery remarked that it could be easy to grow many worms in a small scale without spending water resources. He said, "We can massively grow a large amount of insects in a relatively small space and — they don't require watering".

Dr Ellery also said the worms had adequate protein contents, "A dehydrated mealworm is about 50 to 55 per cent protein — they also have an excellent fat profile, polyunsaturated fats, the omega 6s and omega 3s".

The worms would be grown in "a 500 square metre warehouse, where tonnes of mealworm product would be produced", Dr Ellery said.