Insect farming startup targets pet food as gateway to human grub

Evolving views of food are challenging traditional diets – And not just for humans. Innovative food options are also being added to our pet menus.

Startups have proposed many new ways to satiate their appetites. the United kingdom Bella and Dukefor example, meets the needs of animals in raw diets, While Sweden’s Buddy Pet Foods offers a natural dry food, Portugal’s Barkyn personalizes its flavor.

If none of those appeal to our palates, our furry friends can try an even more delicious delicacy: insects.

This is what is cooked in a kitchen FlyFeedIt is a startup company based in Estonia. The company has developed an automated farming system that turns fly larvae into animal feed.

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“It’s a challenge for humans, but a no-brainer for animals.

Arseny Olekovsky, founder of FlyFeed in 2021, said the concept arose from research into malnutrition. He concluded that insect farming could provide an affordable and sustainable solution to protein deficiency. But he plans to feed the animals before getting close to humans.

“It’s a challenge in human food right now, because people don’t really want to eat something associated with insects — but it’s a no-brainer for animal feed,” Olkhovsky told TNW.

The 24-year-old rambles through a long list of farming bug benefits: They feed on reprocessed waste that would otherwise rot in dumps. They grow up to 100 times faster than traditional animal food sources; It is rich in high quality nutrients; Their production costs are minimal; It requires far fewer environmental resources than traditional farming.

Olkhovskiy promises that they are also very palatable for pets. He says his cat is a fan of the flavors.

Arseny Olekovsky, 24, who has studied more than 40 alternative food production technologies and claims that insect protein meal could become three times cheaper than chicken meat by 2027.