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August 1st, 2013 at 9:47 am

Farm 432: A kitchen appliance that lets you breed insects for food

Farm 432 Insect Breeding device.

The Farm 432 Insect Breeding device is a self-contained black soldier fly habitat that allows the flies to breed and produce up to about a pound of larvae a week, which you will then eat. Mmmmm, black soldier fly larvae. (Photos)

By 2050 meat production will have to increase by 50%. Considering that we already use one third of croplands for the production of animal feed, we will have to look for alternative food sources and alternative ways of growing it.

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Farm 432 enables people to turn against the dysfunctional system of current meat production by growing their own protein source at home. After 432 hours, 1 gram of black soldier fly eggs turn into 2.4 kilogram of larvae protein, larvae that self-harvest and fall clean and ready to eat into a harvest bucket.

Black soldier fly adults don´t eat, the larvae can be fed on bio waste, therefore the production almost costs no water or CO2. Black soldier fly larvae are one of the most efficient protein converters in insects, containing up to 42% of protein, a lot of calcium and amino acids.

Hey, I get that current farming practices aren’t sustainable. I just wish like, we weren’t gonna have to eat bugs in the future. Whatever happened to being able to get all your nutrients in pill form — are scientists still working on that? That’s what I want. Plus think of all the time we’ll save not having to sit down for meals! I’m joking, I love eating, it’s one of the few joys I have left in life. You take that away from me and I’m down to video games and sleeping, and, honestly, I haven’t been sleeping that well lately.

Via Geekologie

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