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Why Insects

We Build & 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.

We use insect microbiology to close agricultural production loops:

(A) Chapul Farms builds black soldier fly larvae (BSFL) farms to valorize organic waste while also producing premium feed and fertilizer.

(B) These living systems are co-located with each waste stream. Waste is upcycled into premium animal feed (larvae) and frass (bug poop).

(C) By closing the loop, we transform inefficiencies like waste and pollution into profit-generating, sustainable, renewable products. The planet wins.

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Climate-Critical Impact

Climate change is a race against time. We need to transition into carbon-reconciling, clean technology as soon as possible. Chapul Farms' mission is to add biodiversity back into our agriculture, soil, and planet to create a more sustainable, resilient, and secure food system.

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.

We close the loop between production, waste management, carbon sequestration, soil rehabilitation, biodiversity regeneration, plant health, alternative protein production, and economic development.

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.
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Chapul Farms Why Insects

"Insect-based nutrition is emerging as a whole new category in food and feed systems. It has the potential to bring new value-added propositions based on its nutritional, functional, and environmental benefits: 1) Insects have a high protein content (50% to 80% dry matter basis); 2) When used as a feed ingredient, insect proteins bring health benefits to fish, pets, and other animals; 3) Insects can help to build circular food systems as they can upcycle low-value agri-food material, including former foodstuffs, wastes, and residues, into high-value proteins, oils, and other ingredients; 4) When local, underutilized resources are used as feed substrates to farm insects, not only is the food-waste challenge tackled, but a local feed production system is created and the feed supply chain is shortened; 5) Insects are part of the natural diet of most animals; and 6) 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." (Source: Rabobank, 2021)

“The sustainability benefits that insects can offer seafood products – such as decreasing the dependency on marine ingredients – combined with marketing of the final product, can justify relatively higher prices. If there are also well-understood functional benefits in addition to the nutritional benefits, their use in aquafeed would increase. Largely proven functionalities, such as supporting the gut and immune health of fish and antioxidant features, can help insects to achieve a price premium.” (Source: Rabobank, 2021)

Insects Aquafeed

For Further Reading:

  1. Rabobank Report, February 2021: "No Longer Crawling: Insect Protein to Come of Age in the 2020s"
  2. Paul Greenberg's Book: "Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food"
  3. [Additional Resources Coming Soon]
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