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Source: Entocycle

Startup Envisions Fly Larvae As A Sustainable Protein Source

By Tessa Love

One of the largest future issues our world faces is one of food production. By 2050, the global population will grow 37 percent to 9.7 billion, according to the United Nations, adding many mouths to feed with dwindling resources. Some predict that the cost of growing food will increase by 70 percent by 2030. There are many solutions to this monumental problem – after all, the U.S. wastes around 40 percent of the food it produces – but one startup sees the answer in bugs.

Entocycle, a U.K.-based company, is using black soldier fly larvae as a sustainable source of protein for animals, and maybe someday humans. Raising animals for food is vastly unsustainable. Globally, we use 80 percent of agricultural land for animal production, whether raising the actual animals themselves or growing mono-crops of soy and corn to feed them. Additionally, four million hectares of rainforest are destroyed every year in the process, marine fish stocks have plummeted 50 percent since the 1970s, and factory farming is one of the top emitters of green house gases globally. 

For Keiran Olivares Whitaker, founder of Entocycle, there had to be a better way.

“Our mission is to bring a stop to the degradation of our beautiful planet and stop taxing its finite natural resources,” Whitaker told Digital Trends. “For 60-odd years mankind has savaged seas and rainforests in order to farm fish and grow crops to feed to animals for meat... Animals don’t need fishmeal or soy meal to be healthy. We can feed them insects instead — which is many animals’ natural choice in the wild anyway.