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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 – Saving the Fish & Farmland

Touch the Soil News #729 (feature photo, soldier fly – GNU Free Doc License 1.2) It is hard to imagine that 1/3 of all fish caught from the world’s oceans go into animal feed including food for farmed fish. With so much pressure on the world’s fisheries – causing fisheries to collapse – a solution was needed. Over the past few years a Dutch biotech startup – Protix – began researching the economic viability of feeding low grade organic waste to insects. The insects in their larvae form provide an excellent source of protein for animal feed. A popular insect is the soldier fly. Kees Aarts, co-founder of Protix explains…

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