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Grasshopper Farming

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Touch the Soil News #755 (feature photo – Charles J. Sharp – CC. SA. 3.0) Israeli start-up Hargol Food Tech is making the news (see video below). The company just received $600,000 of funding to take grasshopper farming to the next level. We’ve all heard about cricket farming, as the cricket is easier to incubate and grows rapidly. Hargol Food Tech says they have been able to shorten the incubation time of grasshopper. According to AgFunder News, Hargol Food Tech has been able to optimize temperature, light, humidity and ventilation to shorten incubation time for grasshopper eggs from 40 weeks to 2-4 weeks and increase the number of life cycles…

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Insects as Animal Feed – Interesting

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Touch the Soil News #618 (feature photo – black soldier fly CC SA 3.)) Enterra, a company from Canada, has uncovered a rather novel way to utilize pre-consumer food waste. That’s food waste from food processors and grocery stores. The process is basically this: A hatchery for black soldier flies is set up. The black soldier fly does not eat, sting or bite. All it does as an adult is mate and reproduce. The females lay eggs that hatch into larvae which naturally feed on decaying organic matter. The company has a large receiving station for food waste that is ground up like a salsa. The eggs from the black…

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