Malaysian insect-protein firm Ento has opted to shift its food production focus from whole-insect snacks to a ‘proteinisation’ focus in the hope of increasing consumer acceptability and encouraging mass consumption.
Feeding wild fish to farmed fish is threatening marine ecosystems. Researchers and entrepreneurs believe they’ve found solutions. Here at Enterra Feed Corporation’s research facility near Vancouver, British Columbia, they don’t grow flowers or vegetables. Instead, they farm soft-bodied, legless consumers of decomposing matter. My guide, Andrew Vickerson, prefers that you not call them maggots.
Cultured insect meat products might look more like normal burgers and steaks than you’d expect. But what is entomoculture, why might we need it, how does it work, and who’s leading the research? Prodigious young science writer and New Harvest summer intern, Avery Parkinson, answers all your questions.
The Financial Times and other publications reported chickens used for Nando's in the UK may be fed algae and insects as part of a plan to reduce the company's carbon footprint. But Nando's in South Africa says these reports were based on an "unfortunate misquote".
Fisheries and aquaculture byproducts and insect meal have a bigger role to play in the sustainable growth of the aquafeed sector over the next two decades than microbial or macroalgal-based feed ingredients. So argue the authors of a recent study, which looks into the relative sustainability, scalability, and nutrient contents of a number of emerging replacements for fishmeal and fish oil in aquafeeds.
“Why join the navy when you can be a pirate”. Dror Tamir’s Whatsapp status is extremely beguiling. But Tamir does not wear an eye patch. He sings no peans to pirates and bounty hunters. Instead, in his deep sonorous voice he alludes to grasshoppers and John the Baptist in the same breath.
UK agritech venture builder Roslin Technologies and Enterprise Singapore’s SEEDS Capital, an investment vehicle linked with the city-state’s government, have pumped $1.6 million into insect farming startup Protenga.
Wageningen University & Research and UC Davis have joined forces with FoodShot Global’s collaborative investment platform that is working to catalyze innovation for a healthier, more sustainable, more equitable food system. Lisette de Jong interviewed two representatives from the institutions to hear what they think about FoodShot’s latest focus area: Precision Protein.
German startup FarmInsect, who wants to revolutionize animal agriculture with insects, has snapped up a six-figure seed financing round. It’ll use the funds to accelerate its mission and set up its first pilot plant at one of the largest aquaculture farms in Bavaria.
NextProtein, a French-Tunisian startup working on new ways to produce insect-based animal feed and fertilizer, has raised €10.2 million ($11.2 million) in Series A funding, the company disclosed to AFN this week.