EntoBreed is an agritech start-up that sustainably breeds edible mealworms. As mealworm breeder, we strive to do so with a minimal impact on our environment. The feed for our mealworms is provided by residual flows from the food industry. The breeding cells equipped smartly to ensure minimal energy usage. The insect dung left behind after the breeding process is sold as a substitute for fertilizer.
Demand for alternative protein sources
The demand for alternative protein sources is on the rise due to an expanding world population. An example of these alternative protein sources are insects. Mealworms are one of the insects that are a potential source of protein. They can be processed into a wide range of foods.
A major fast-food chain in Germany is adding small, processed mealworms to their hamburgers; you won’t even taste it! Additionally, mealworms ground into flour are used in protein-rich pastas.
A significant increase in products in which mealworms are processed is expected in the coming years. EntoBreed plans to take advantage of this opportunity.
Want to know more? The IPIFF website contains extensive information.
For animals as well
Chickens are fond of insects as food, mealworms are an example of the insects they consume. In case there is a temporary lack of demand for mealworms, selling them as feed for chickens is a potential back-up strategy.
EntoBreed is going to keep mealworms in an innovative, new breeding system. The system requires a minimal amount of energy to sustain an ideal climate for the mealworms. It is our conviction that the breeding of insects contributes to a world we can pass on to the next generation.
The breeding facility has a sedum roof for a stable interior climate and to contribute to a specie-rich living environment. If there is a realistic opportunity for our own energy generation, we will implement it to produce as close to energy neutral as possible.
By feeding our mealworms with residual flows from the food industry we produce less waste. In doing so we provide both animals and humans with food while simultaneously producing insect fertilizer, which in turn is given to plants to help them grow. A biological cycle closed; another goal achieved.
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Alongside breeding mealworms, EntoBreed is going to conduct research in improving breeding techniques. We do this in an open innovation and in collaboration with fellow breeders, suppliers, and knowledge centers.