The Larvatria specialists have identified and studied farming a family of edible insects, which allows for efficient industrial production. In parallel, they also validated the agricultural waste that will allow feeding of billions of insects without cannibalizing the food of other livestock species.
Nature teaches us that a natural food cycle regulates ecosystems. Everything that is alive, whether microscopic or macroscopic in size, draws its energy from the environment and transforms its immediate vicinity.
Also, a closer look at the digestion process reveals that microorganisms play a vital role in nutritional metabolism. Bacteria forming the intestinal flora are certainly microscopic, but they are alive and necessary for digestion. Among other things, they help digest food allowing the body to absorb needed nutrients all the while able themselves to live and reproduce.
Insects are also ubiquitous in all latitudes. The small size of their eggs allows them to spread around the world, naturally serving as food for different types of terrestrial and marine wildlife.
From this need to produce affordable and adequate food in a sustainable manner, certain criteria were defined to select a family of insects that would achieve the desired result.
The qualities sought in this ideal insect are:
After an exhaustive search among the 6 million families of identified insects, Larvatria selected a family from the order Diptera which comprises 150 000 species in 177 families.
Smaller is better
These Diptera, commonly called flies, more specifically their larvae, which have accompanied humans and their livestock since their appearance on earth. It is especially important not to confuse them with other flying or crawling insects, biting or not, not having the same nutritional properties, nor the same ecological benefits, nor the same breeding abilities.
These humble insects, whose taste, according to experts, is similar to that of shrimp and nuts, are a marvel of evolution perfectly suited for a function: Recycling. In symbiosis with the microscopic world, they are the ultimate recyclers.
The larvae, by feeding destroy bacteria and consume them with other nutrients to transform into animal cells. Thus, they accumulate within the essential proteins, polyunsaturated fats, vitamins and other trace elements that make them so tasty and popular among poultry, fish, amphibians, reptiles, and other insatiable predators.
These are true “ biologiical robots ” “, adapted to feed on indigestible materials of other species, to turn them into healthy and nutritious food in record time. Larvatria developed generation after generation, an insect breed more appropriate, effective and nutritious, following the techniques of selective breeding.
A perfectly suited substrate
Several characteristics are required to determine the effectiveness of a food substrate in the industrial production of insects. These are:
In nature, some insects relish the inedible waste of other animals. In fact, some arthropods, beetles, flies and arachnids multiply and thrive on plant residues or that of animals, such as dead leaves and branches, manure, straw and other waste from farms, when the temperature, humidity and acidity are adequate. This is obviously a compostable material, whose basic elements are oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen and carbon. The Larvatria process ennobles some of these unaltered materials of any pathogen or mineral contamination, which then become the perfect food for many types of insects. A kilo of these residues can contain enough nutrients to feed thousands of edible larvae.
This is the secret of Larvatria process: renewable agricultural residues, effective and affordable, quickly transformed by edible and prolific insects, within an optimal environment without predation. A new source of essential proteins is thus created in just a few days, without the need of drinking water or additional food stock!
The Larvatria solution demonstrates that it is possible to harmonize together economy and ecology.
For the livestock industry and aquaculture, it is the hope of nutritious, affordable and tasty for their livestock. For consumers, it is the promise of accessible food and a respected environment. For Larvatria, employees and partners, it is a historical and carrier opportunity.
The Larvatria process is inspired by nature and gives it the place it deserves.