Thailand abuzz over bug-based feed as alternative to grain

Date: 2022.08.11

Startups in Thailand are focusing on insects to make animal feed, seeking to help alleviate increasing pressure on livestock farmers to move toward sustainability.

"Insect-derived feed can be a solution to circular economy," said Peter Hamilton, CEO of Biovert Protein, a Thai startup developing technology to pulverize black soldier fly larvae to process into fish feed.

Biovert plans to build a factory in the Eastern Economic Corridor, a special economic zone in Thailand, by 2024 to launch full-scale production.

Concerns about sustainability in industrial agriculture are rising. In Europe, livestock, which consumes massive volumes of grains, is considered an environmental concern, and avoidance of meat is gaining steam. This presents a problem that needs attention for many companies in Thailand, a leading food exporter.

Black soldier fly eggs hatch in four days and become pupae in 14 days. The insects contain abundant protein as well as calcium and amino acids, essential nutrients. They can be mass-produced in a short period of time and are perfect alternative to grain-based feed, the company says.

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