Within the next 15 years, there will be an added 2 billion people on Earth, which means over 9 billion people to feed every day. There will be no land for farming to feed the tens of billions of animals and farmed fish, in addition to pets, pet stores, and zoos…
The environmental and economic challenges are enormous!
While the climate changes and biodiversity is diminished, natural resources are overexploited while others are neglected thus causing unnecessary pollution. According to FAO, food security is threatened by demographics, pollution, climate change, and poor agricultural practices. Other threats are also on the horizon:
2015, the world population is growing rapidly and so is its standard of living. Who would complain? However, the limited resources of the earth running out and there will be a struggle to meet this increased demand. Furthermore, global warming will disrupt food production. In ten to fifteen years, if the trend continues, there will be serious consequences, including:
The proliferation of livestock facilities and the increasing the number of animals to fill an unstoppable demand for food is increasing and intensifying a global food imbalance.
A new source of essential proteins for livestock, being sustainable and cost-effective, would be the ideal solution.
Long before man, insects were roaming the Earth as tireless agents of change: Biological robots that can quickly convert any biomass into edible products or fertilizer. They are small yet numerous and reproduce quickly, having always been a pillar in the food chain. Ubiquitous in almost all latitudes, the small size of their eggs allows them to spread around the world, naturally serving as food for both terrestrial and marine wildlife.
Both prolific and nutritious, they have high protein content, as well as fat and other nutrients. They can be eaten whole or be transformed and incorporated into other foods. They are efficient, have very high growth rates and feed conversion ratios and contribute to a cleaner environment.
Encouraged by strong demand and FAO recommendations, a new industry of edible insect production has emerged, especially in Asia and Africa. Currently some 2 billion people regularly add insects to their diet. Culturally, insect consumption is accepted in many parts of the world. Consumers will buy from backyard producers the locusts, larvae and caterpillars that are dedicated to human consumption. For these small producers, particularly in Asia, it is a very profitable business because the price per kilogram is higher than that of chicken, while farming costs are lower. This trend is part of a desire to rationalize the supply chain, in order to reinforce an altered food security.
Larvatria has its own vision and know-how that enables a new paradigm for the production of animal protein. Its industrial process allows addressing directly and effectively the shortage of essential proteins for livestock farms, the challenges of climate change and food security in general.
Insect: 20% – Chicken: 40% – Pork: 55% – Beef: 170%
Insect: 20% – Chicken: 55% – Pork: 65% – Beef: 260%
“Insects are very good food for humans, livestock, poultry and fish. They are healthy, nutritious and an excellent source of protein, polyunsaturated fatty acids, iron, calcium, B vitamins and essential nutrients. The amino acid composition of most of the dishes prepared with insect compares favorably with standard reference recommended by FAO / WHO / UN. »
“Popular culture is more and more accepting of consumption of insects as natural and nourishing. “
Megan Miller examines crickets, beetles, mealworms and other species by asking whether eating insects is the answer to more food for humans and livestock. TEDx – Are insects the future of food?
Eating Insects – New Proteins for Farm Animals (Eating insects – new proteins to farm animals)
April 7, when the World Health Day is celebrated, some experts blame certain insects for the growing problem of vector-borne diseases. In some parts of the world, however, these small insects are considered healthy and tasty food source.
The benefits of insects are enormous since they are cheap to produce, and their nutritional values are very high, comparable to animals such as chickens, pigs or fish. But there are still some skeptics and cultural barriers that must be overcome
“We must be humble enough to accept to emulate smaller than itself! ”
“Those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are actually those that do”
“Logic will take you from point A to point B, imagination and daring take you where you want”
“It is not a reasonable man to blame whim the study of insects or to disgust by the consideration of sentences it gives. Nature contains nothing there. Everything is sublime, everything is worthy of admiration.”
Initiator of Larvatria project, Mr Bouchard is an administrator by training. Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, he served in various management positions throughout his career in several companies including Quebec Cartier Mining, Telesystem National, Mux Labs and M3i.
IT specialist, telecommunications and robotics, has over 27 years of experience in various fields such as: Software for Mobile devices, VoIP Telephony, Network Infrastructure Architect, Wireless Communications, LAN / WAN / WLAN networks, Programmable Controllers and Internet Solutions