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Fish and Pet Super Food

Touch the Soil News #1108 (Feature photo – Soldier Fly Larvae – public domain) Enterra, a Canadian company located in British Columbia is the world’s largest insect farm. The farm breeds soldier flies that lay eggs that produce the larvae. The larvae are then processed to make fish food and pet food. The larvae feed on waste food brought into the facility as food waste from cities or waste from food manufacturers. Enterra made news recently as it announced plans to build three new insect factories in Canada and the U.S. These new facilities would increase production of the world’s largest insect farm by 90 fold. You can read the…

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One of the Better Things Humanity Has Discovered

Touch the Soil News #990 (Feature photo –Soldier Fly Larvae – public domain) We’ve covered the emerging arena of insect farming from the perspective of humans eating them. There is a certain “icky” factor that one must psychologically overcome. If the population has grown so much that we need to resort to eating insects, then what is next? However, when it comes to insects there is another kind of farming that seems to make more sense. Using fly larvae to eat spoiled food wastes and then using the larvae for animal feed or plant food. Nature hates to waste anything and unless we can till the waste back into the…

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Insect Hive for In-Home Protein Production

Touch the Soil News #980 (Feature photo – Insect Hive – Courtesy of Livin Farms https://www.livinfarms.com/                  Called the insect hive, this tower appliance is all you need to grow mealworms for edible protein. After tedious research and development, the current form of the hive has been developed and is now ready for sale for $699.00. Co-founders Katharina Unger and Julia Kaisinger were able to raise $145,000 from 830 different backers to help bring the project to the market. Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Fruit Fly Larvae for Food?

Touch the Soil News #958 (Feature photo – Fly Larvae – public domain) Israeli start-up Flying SpArk started back in 2014. Now they are moving towards commercialization of fruit fly larvae for meat protein. Fruit flies have a lifespan of only six days, but can multiply up to 15 times during that time – making them cheap and easy to farm and harvest. All parts of the larvae are used – no waste like in other sectors of animal agriculture. The company grinds up the larvae and creates a powder that can be used in many other food products. Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Grasshopper Farming

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

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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