How can we reliably feed the growing world population in the coming decades and beyond.

How sustainable is the breeding of the Hermetia Illucens and what role will it take up in future?

Since 1960, the world population has grown by another billion every 12 to 14 years and with it the need for protein as an important nutritional component. (“Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)”

In order to provide humans with the required animal protein, billions of livestock must also be fed with proteins. Two-thirds of the vegetable protein (mostly soy) is used for animal feed and 35% of the grain harvest is fed to livestock. (FAO)

Livestock farming consumes and wastes enormous resources and causes more greenhouse gases than the global transport sector.(FAO)

For one kilogram of beef 25 kg of protein-containing feed is needed. For a beef steak 15,000 litres of water is consumed. And to produce one calorie of animal food, seven calories of vegetable food are required. (FAO)

Every 12 to 14 years the world population will increase by a further billion

The rising world population and the westernisation of nutrition in the developing and the emerging countries are leading to a doubling of meat production by 2050 as predicted by the FAO.

So the solution is to simply eat more fish instead of meat? Unfortunately not at all!

Fishmeal is a globally demanded feed. Its value has tripled in the last ten years. The aquaculture industry continues to grow and has to meet the ever-increasing demand for fish. But for the feeding of the aquaculture fish, it again requires fish meal, which consists partly of filleted remains of edible fish, but especially from extra-caught small fish such as anchovies. This is how aquacultures actually contribute to the problem of overfishing.

The world population will grow to nearly ten billion people by 2050 and they will all need to eat — a huge challenge. (FAO)

It turns out that our actions have global implications and that our food production causes major environmental problems. The interconnected environmental impact is massive and its effects for both humans and animals are becoming more and more noticeable:

High percentage
of harmful
contamination: air,
water, soil
and feed

Climate changes:
melting of
polar ice caps
and glaciers,
sea level rise,
flooding, storms,
droughts, etc.

Destruction of
the ozone layer

Deforestation of
the rainforests

Destruction of
the land through
erosion and poisoning

Destroying animal
and plant life

Overfishing of
the seas

Global waste

The larvae of the Black Soldier Fly (BSF):
An environmentally friendly protein alternative becomes a problem solver.

It is clear that diverse approaches must be pursued to better protect our resources (nature, animal, and plant life). By breeding the Hermetia Illucens (BSF) and harvesting its protein, we are definitely contributing to the problem-solving approaches that address the challenges of a growing world population, their diet and the resulting negative environmental impact.

With 10 kg of feed Hermetia Illucens yields far more protein compared to other livestock

Hermetia Illucens protein products are a valuable addition in food production. The “ecological footprint” of the Black Soldier Fly is so attractive that you cannot get around it. The breed requires minimal land, energy and water. It produces no garbage and on the contrary: the larvae feed on biowaste. Transport, fishmeal, and fish stocks are spared, as every ton of Hermetia Illucens protein restores fish stocks and, moreover, supports local fishing industries.