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Entocycle: turning insects into protein bars for animals

Entocycle

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Country: 
United Kingdom
City: 
London

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Technopolis
Ongoing: 
Yes
Description: 

Insects are a much more efficient source of protein than farmed animals - and they use a fraction of the water and land.

Entocycle, located in Central London, take local food waste - rejected supermarket fruit and vegetables, brewer’s grains and coffee grounds - and feed it to black soldier fly larvae. The larvae eat the waste, grow very quickly and become "protein bars".

The protein produced contains essential amino acids as well as healthy fats and important minerals, including calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc. It is therefore nutritionally comparable with meat and fish – and can be used to feed animals once it's been dried and milled into flour.

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Insects are a sustainable alternative to traditional sources of protein such as soy and fishmeal, which can cause significant environmental problems such as deforestation, overfishing and biodiversity loss.