What does Chapul Farms do?
We build and scale modular insect farms to increase circularity in agriculture. Insect farming is a viable, immediately scalable global redirect of an extraction-based agricultural industry to a more holistic, closed-loop model.
What are BSFL?
We use insect microbiology to close agricultural production loops. Chapul Farms builds black soldier fly larvae (BSFL) farms to valorize organic waste while also producing premium feed and biofertilizer.
Where do you build the farms?
These living systems are co-located with each waste stream. Waste is upcycled into premium animal feed (larvae) and frass (bug poop).
Why is this important?
Reducing food waste is one of the greatest opportunities to increase the viability of our current food system on a large scale. Addressing this issue can help us feed an exploding global population, reduce the environmental impact of modern agriculture, and minimize the resources lost in growing, transporting, and selling food.
What does "closing the loop" mean?
The circular economy designs waste and pollution out of production systems. We use insect microbiology to close agricultural production loops. We close the loop between production, waste management, carbon sequestration, soil rehabilitation, biodiversity regeneration, plant health, alternative protein production, and economic development. By closing the loop, we transform inefficiencies like waste and pollution into profit-generating, sustainable, renewable products. The planet wins.
Insects leverage millions of years of microbiological evolution to process organic material into healthy protein and fat, add microbial life to agricultural soils, eliminate food waste, decrease agricultural GHG emissions, and decrease reliance on fossil fuel and unsustainable inputs to plant and animal agriculture.
Why focus on waste?
According to Project Drawdown, diverting organics from landfills is the #1 most actionable item to address climate change. Several state and federal mandates suggest vast reductions yet lack the scalable technologies to implement this change.
Why focus on feed and fertilizer?
Fertilizer and animal feed are two of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas reductions and degradation of our lands. The models for waste management and animal feed production are linear, extractive, and susceptible to major disruption in a changing climate. Not only do these have a significant environmental footprint, but they are also significantly large markets that have not been innovated or disrupted in decades.
Aquaculture is the fastest growing food production system on the planet but lacks a currently available feed to scale commiserate with infrastructure investment.
US soil is estimated to have a 60 year lifetime of productivity in business-as-usual scenarios, much of that due to the decline in microbiological life, essential to plant production.
Insects are midwives to entire ecosystems of beneficial microbes that 1) bioprocess organic waste streams, 2) produce premium frass soil enhancement products, increasing beneficial microbial populations of soil, enhance plants’ natural defensive mechanisms against pests, and 3) upcycle nutrients into bioavailable fats and proteins for higher trophic levels (animals).
Why are insects used in animal feed?
Insects have the potential to bring new value-added propositions based on their nutritional, functional, and environmental benefits: (1) Insects have a high protein content (50% to 80% dry matter basis); (2) Insects are part of the natural diet of most animals; and (3) Insect farming is a highly efficient protein production system with a small environmental footprint, requiring less water, less land, and less production time compared with other species.