The world urgently needs new sustainable sources of protein. A growing population, scarce water and land resources as well as declining natural fish stocks, make this more critical than ever.
Industrial Farming of chickens, pigs and fish relies on protein from two sources, land-based soya plantations and marine fishmeal. Agricultural protein requires vast amounts of land and water, while the sea caught alternative has material consequences for marine life. Increases in global food demand, and environmental issues have caused prices of both protein sources to soar in recent years.
AgriProtein is leading a new industry called nutrient recycling: using organic waste to create protein. This protein will supply the increasing demand for animal feed, as current sources are limited. It is a global project focused on fish and meat farming catering to the growing world population.
Using fly larvae fed on abundant waste nutrient sources, AgriProtein has developed and tested a new large scale and sustainable source of protein. The bioconversion process, takes 'free' waste materials, and generates a valuable commodity.
Larvae are a natural food of chickens in the wild and fish in streams. Their nutritional composition is as good as that of fishmeal and better than Soya. As a natural food it has excellent take on and digestability properties.
The most impressive part of the process is nature. A single female fly will lay 750 eggs in under a week, which will hatch into larvae which grow in weight over 400 times in just a few days.
Our plant and machinery are modular in design enabling plants to be built to suit each location. Each production line can produce up to ten tonnes of larvae protein per day.