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Journal Articles (Review Article) Journal of Insects as Food and Feed Year : 2023

Optimization models for sustainable insect production chains


Insect value chains are a complex system with non-linear links between many economic, environmental, and social variables. Multi-objective optimization (MOO) algorithms for finding optimal options for complex system functioning can provide a valuable insight in the development of sustainable insect chains. This review proposes a framework for MOO application that is based on gradual implementation, beginning with factors that have an immediate impact on insect production (feed qualities, resource utilization, yield), and progressing to integrated units (environmental, social, and economic impacts). The review introduces the key hotspots of insect production chains, which have been developed in suitable MOO objectives. They represent aspects of resource use, feed quality and its conversion by insects, labor safety and wage fairness, as well as environmental impacts. The capacity of the suggested MOO framework to describe all facets of sustainability may have certain limits. To determine the framework’s applicability and the specific MOO algorithms that can perform the function, modeling and further testing on real insect production chains would be necessary for the intended objectives.
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hal-04321043 , version 1 (04-12-2023)



Nisrine Mouhrim, Daniela A. Peguero, Ashley Green, B. Silva, A. Bhatia, et al.. Optimization models for sustainable insect production chains. Journal of Insects as Food and Feed, inPress, ⟨10.1163/23524588-20230148⟩. ⟨hal-04321043⟩
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