Grant Establishes Center For Environmental Sustainability Through Insect Farming

The Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will be the site of a new Center for Environmental Sustainability through Insect Farming, established through a $2.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Science Foundation. The project is a collaborative effort that also includes Mississippi State University (MSU); Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI); and 34 national and global industrial partners. The center will explore new avenues to produce food either for direct human consumption or as feed for livestock, poultry, and aquaculture. Center leader Jeff Tomberlin said in a press release that “insect farming represents a burgeoning link in the global food supply chain, and has the potential to strengthen and compliment traditional protein production in an efficient and environmentally friendly way.”