Regenerative Animal Feed
'How we eat determines to a large extent how the world is used', to paraphrase Wendell Berry. Animal feed hides a multitude of environmental and social costs, and is a driver of ecological destruction around the world. We are working hard to make animal feed that enriches the environment, rather than destroys. We are starting by focusing on the protein component of animal feed, which is often the most expensive and ecological damaging components of feed. We are doing this by making insect-based poultry feed to support pasture-raised husbandry.
Mad Agriculture is working hard to replace unsustainable feed ingredients, like soy and fishmeal, with insects. 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. Soybean fields 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.
UPDATE: We have shifted away from manufacturing insects to sourcing these bugs from a leading company, Enterra Feed Co. Look them up. They are frontrunners in the emerging insect industry and their work and innovation is ambitious. We are going to release a few retail products soon.
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.
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.
Insects Turn Waste Into Value.
Over 35% of food is wasted. Most food waste is dumped into landfills where all the value of labor, resources, transporation and storage is lost. Making matters worse, the native fertility of the soil is being depleted through industrial agriculture, making farmers dependent on synthetic 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.