AN INCREASING NEED IN PROTEINS
billion, this is the expected number of inhabitants on Earth
increase in world agricultural production will be needed to tackle the global food demand (FAO)
of greenhouse gases emissions are due to farming activities
Europe is facing a structural protein deficit. In order to ensure a qualitative food production all year long,
the animal food industry has to constantly import protein-rich raw materials such as soymeal, grown at
the expense of the Amazon rainforest, or fishmeal, whose production negatively
affects global fish stocks.
While population growth puts an increasing pressure on natural resources, actors of the animal
nutrition industry are looking for more sustainable and local protein sources. Insects are clearly part
of the answer that will allow industries to tackle this challenge. Black soldier fly larvae can indeed produce
highly qualitative proteins while using very little arable land and having a
limited impact on the environment.
At Agronutris, we are working in hands with Aquaculture
and Petfood players to make it happen.
AQUACULTURE: SOME FIGURES
of caught marine fish are transformed into fishmeal for aquaculture (FAO, 2018)
of tonnes22 millions
of soymeal are imported to the European Union each year, in attempt to provide necessary protein to farm animals (FranceAgriMer)
of global marine stocks were overfished in 2015 (FAO, 2018)
PETFOOD: SOME FIGURES
of the worldwide meat and fish consumption is used in Petfood (The Guardian, 2019)
of environmental impacts due to animal production are due to Petfood (Okin, 2017)
The global number of cat owners is expected to increase by 22% between 2018 and 2022. For dog owners, this rise should reach 18% (The Economist, 2019)
A NEW BIOMASS RECYCLING SOLUTION
Every year, more than one third of the world food production is lost. This represents 1.3bn tons of waste.
It is generated throughout the whole value chain (farming, transformation, distribution, consumption). Only a small quantity of this volume is effectively recycled. In some regions, most of it ends its life in landfills or incinerators. Insects, and especially the black soldier fly, constitute a new promising recycling solution.
88 million tonsof food are wasted every year in Europe (European Commission, 2016)
WHY THE BLACK SOLDIER FLY?
The black soldier fly has been studied for decades for its impressive ability
to thrive on a wide range of decomposing substrates.
At Agronutris, we use the Black Soldier Fly to recycle byproducts coming from the Agro-Industry. We contribute to a
circular economy thanks to our larvae and their capacity to convert low value waste
into highly qualitative proteins.
The black soldier fly has a short development cycle: it takes only four weeks to grow from the egg to
the adult fly. Thanks to our optimized rearing conditions and to our know-how in insect nutrition, the larvae reared
at Agronutris are able to multiply their weight by 1,000 within only two weeks. Once they are mature,
we collect our larvae and transform them into valuable ingredients for animal feed.
Our team of entomologists has designed flying cages where
the conditions are not only ideal for adults to mate and breed, but also for proper egg incubation.
This practice allows us to closely manage our own insect populations and strains.
The black soldier fly is totally harmless for humans and animals:
it does not sting and does not carry any disease. It is naturally present
in the French and European wild.
60%this is the level of proteins contained in our black soldier fly larvae after transformation
2 weeksthis is the time needed for the black soldier fly larvae to grow from egg to its maximal weight
1.5 kgThis is the food quantity needed in order to obtain a weight gain of 1 kg for the black soldier fly. For chicken, 2.5 kg of food are needed,
for pork, this number jumps to 5 kg and for beef, it peaks up to 10 kg (FAO)