The world’s largest insect farm is being built about an hour’s drive north of Paris. This new insect farm can provide a low carbon alternative protein source.
While scientists are considering approaches to add them straight into our daily diets. Ÿnsect, the firm running this world’s largest insect farm project, is concentrating on approaches to reduce the impact of agriculture on the environment by using these insects.
To replace animal protein, insects would be a sustainable source in the supply chain. Agriculturalists believe that these insects can be used to feed livestock, fish, or pets. They also believe that insect waste can also be used as crop fertilizer.
Our goal is to revolutionize the food-chain that precisely starts with the nature essentials: soil and the insects. This applies to all, the meat lovers and the vegetarians because animals and plants survive this way.
say A. Hubert, CEO Ÿnsect.
By vertical insect farming, the company claims to reduce 98% land use, carbon, and bio-diversity impact on the production of protein.
The UN FAO predicts that food production should grow by 70 percent by 2050 to meet the growing needs of the world’s growing population and rising wealth. Most of the land available for agriculture is already in use, therefore it needs more sustainable and advanced agricultural solutions to meet the global food needs.
The project also has great supporters, Robert Downey Jr., The Iron-Man, is among them. He launched an artificial intelligence (AI) initiative, the Footprint Coalition, to clean-up the planet.
The company’s insect protein can also be used to feed fish. Explored species, including salmon and shrimp, often feed on wild-caught fish, putting pressure on stocks in our oceans. Soy could be another option, but illegal deforestation is linked with the import of high-protein beans.
“Ÿnsect is not just an insect farm or breeding program, we are also focused on increasing food production using less agricultural resources and land. To avoid deforestation and devastation of oceans due to climatic changes and growing population, it is imperative to produce more food, using minimum resources”, says Hubert.
This world’s largest insect farm is the first step toward sustainable agriculture. By insect farming, small landholders can earn additional income as well as can use insect waste as organic fertilizer or feed to fishes and birds. This will also prevent the dispersal of bird diseases like bird flu etc.