Food waste is an emerging problem that needs solutions for reducing it. A promising strategy is its utilisation as substrate for mass-rearing of edible insects to be used as a protein source for the livestock sector. This is a potentialyl valuable solution to two serious problems: the increasing amount of food waste and the global rising demand for feed. Plenty of studies have investigated the nutritive composition of insects and their utilisation as a source of protein for human consumption and animal feeding but less studied are the environmental consequences associated with their mass-rearing. LCA methodology can be applied to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of this processthis . In this context, this paper presents the results of an LCA of a pilot plant for rearing of “Hermetia illucens”, located in South Italy.
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