Nandos to feed chickens algae & insects to reduce carbon emissions

Nando's, the UK-based restaurant chain, plans to trial feeding chickens algae and insects as part of efforts to sharply reduce its carbon emissions over the next decade.

The casual dining brand, which operates 930 outlets worldwide, will look at alternative sources of chicken feed to reduce its reliance on soybeans, which is the second-largest contributor to global deforestation after the chicken industry.

Colin Hill, Managing Director of Nando’s UK & Ireland, said, “We are launching ambitious new commitments that will be a strong example of what our industry can do to make a real difference.

He added that Nando’s would be the first in the restaurant business to combine improvements in environmental sustainability with animal welfare – which is generally difficult to achieve because higher welfare animals live longer and consume therefore more food, thus increasing their overall carbon footprint.