Eat and treat - drone brood for human consumption and Varroa control
As global population increases, global food production is one of the major challenges for our planet, in particular animal protein. Insects include a high proportion of essential proteins, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals and they can be produced more efficient with a lower environmental impact than other livestock e.g. cows, pigs and chickens. Although insects are part of the diet in many parts of the world the interest in insects for food has only recently become relevant in the western world. Western palate simply does not know how good to eat insects can be and need to surpass the disgustingness barrier.
Honeybees are important for a sustainable food production both as primary producers of honey but in particular for their pollination service. Honeybee health is thus crucial and sustainable ways to control varroa desired. Drone removal is a sustainable method used to suppress the varroa level from spring to summer already used by many beekeepers. Drone brood is a delicious product that could as well be incorporated in our food chain. It could be a win-win situation if beekeepers could get an additional income from drone brood – thus making this sustainable varroa control methods even more appealing. In addition honeybees could with their positive brand pave the wave for insect consumption.