Is it legal to use insect products for animal feed?
At the moment, in the EU it is possible to use insect protein only for pet food. We foresee that use in feed for non-ruminant animals, including fish, will be allowed soon. No limitation for the use of insect-derived lipids.
In most places outside the EU it is already possible to use insect products for both pets and farmed animals; please contact us for more details about legislation in your country.
What do you feed the larvae with?
We use vegetables that come from local farms and agricultural markets. In addition to that we receive baked goods from local bakeries and cookie factories. Occasionally we add spent grains from local breweries. These materials are checked upon arrival at our facilities and then are mixed in specific quantities, in order to have an optimal result in larvae growth and weight, and to ensure consistence in the nutritional values of the end products. We only deal with pre-consumer food waste that does not contain any meat or fish, in accordance with EU legislation.
On average, these product are transported for less than 50km, so CO2 emissions are minimized.
How much do your products cost?
Please contact us directly for more information. Once at scale, the aim is to have products that are price-competitive with fish meal and fish oil.
Who is your typical client?
The protein meal and the lipids are aimed at feed manufacturers. The organic compost is aimed at agricultural products wholesalers. At the moment we are not planning to sell directly to individuals, but please fee free to contact us if you are an individual who plans to purchase sizable quantities.
Is there any difference in growth or weight for the animals raised with feed containing black soldier fly larvae meal?
There are plenty of scientific studies that demonstrated that black soldier fly larvae meal can easily substitute fishmeal, sometimes up to 100%, without any adverse effect in growth or animal weight. Please contact us for more information, we’d be delighted to send you the scientific publications relevant to your case.
Isn’t it dangerous to rear insects? What if they escape?
The insects we rear are innocuous: in spite of the mighty-sounding name and badass looks, they’re harmless. We take a lot of precautions to prevent any accidental escape; however, in the remote hypothesis of a leak, the flies would survive only if the temperature is above 15°C. If it’s colder than that, they’ll just fall down; they’d die as flies in winter. Even if they manage to escape AND survive, well, no biggie: the black soldier fly is a local species, present in Southern Europe since at least 500 years (here’s an interesting story for Italian speakers: a fossil black soldier fly found inside Isabel of Aragon’s tomb). Actually, there’s even an upside in case of leaks: the black soldier fly smell frightens the more annoying house fly, so if they escape you’d get less annoyed by flies, not more!
I have a huge amount of pre-consumer vegetable waste: would you be interested in getting it?
Absolutely! We would consider cases where there are at least several tens of tonnes of vegetable waste available per day, possibly with minimal variation of daily volumes throughout the year. Most of the times this implies building a plant quite close to the waste source: we would be interested in partnering with you to take away your waste management costs. Please contact us to discuss your case, we’d be glad to help!