Insects for feed


Animals love to eat insects. Imagine trout in a river or chickens on the range. However, most animals are fed ingredients that often destroy ecosystems. Soybeans field are replacing rainforests and trawlers are pillaging wild fish in the ocean. We are pioneering the use of insects to replace these destructive ingredients in animal feed. 

We use black soldier flies to convert food waste into nutritious larvae. We estimate that converting only 5% of global food waste into insect-based animal feed could replace the entire global fishmeal market. The best solutions solve many problems at once because they redesign the human system. Our innovation solves the sustainability challenges of food waste and animal feed at once. 


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Insects Restore Oceans

Over 25 million tons of wild oceanic fish are caught every year and ground up to feed animals. Fishmeal is the backbone of commercial animal feed. Small fish, like anchovies, sardines, herring, are the central cog of the oceanic ecosystems. Fleets of trawlers have decimated wild fish stocks and threaten the health of pelagic food webs. Insects provide a sustainable and direct alternative to fishmeal, which reduces our burden on land & sea.

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Insects Save the Amazon

This soybean field used to be the Amazon rainforest. Vast monocultures that serve commodity markets are not sustainable. The human system needs to be redesigned to mimic natural ecosystems, which are often diverse, highly adapted to place and exhibit strong mechanisms of recycling that create circular economy. Insects replace soy in animal feed, creating a market alternative to ingredients that destroy natural capital. 

 

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Insects Turn Waste Into Value. 

Over 35% of food is waste. Most food waste is dumped into landfills where all the value of labor, resources, transporation and storage is lost. Making matters worse, the fertility of the soil where food is grown is depleted, making farmers depedent on sythethic chemicals and fertilizers. Insects are natural decomposers, which convert and concentrate the nutrients from food waste into high-impact, high-value protein. Insects make our economy circular, like an ecosystem.

 


The Insect Process

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Watch the power and pace of insects to convert this spoiled trout into nutrient-dense larvae!