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. Soybeans field are replacing the Amazon rainforest to feed animals. Fishing trawlers are pillaging wild fish stocks to feed animals. We are working hard to make animal feed that replaces these destructive ingredients with regenerative nutrition. We've formulated the first regenerative, climate-neutral animal feed for poultry.
Our core innovation is on the protein component of animal feed, which is often the most expensive and ecological damaging component of feed. We are using insects to replace soy and fish in animal feed. Insects are natural food for many animals, and animals love to eat insects. Imagine trout in a river or chickens on the range. Mad Agriculture has developed the first insect-based poultry feed (image right) in Americas. Available in Fall 2018!
UPDATE: In 2016, Mad Ag was focused on manufacturing insects at the industrial scale. However, we've pivoted away from R&D and now source insects from Enterra Feed Co. They are frontrunners in the emerging insect industry. We are going to release a retail products soon.
Learn More about the Regenerative Power of Insects Below
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.