Dutch firm prepares to open world's first insect farming school
The Fish Site
21 June 2022
Insect Engineers is officially opening its Insect School – which will include both a website and a practical testing facility – at the end of June.
The Insect Engineers-led project aims to serve as the main knowledge hub and meeting place for the insect industry, helping the insect protein market grow, with the goal of accelerating the transition towards circular global food production.
Located in the town of America in the Netherlands, testing facilities will soon be available for every step of the black soldier fly (BSF) farming process. This starts with the adult flies laying eggs, to the processing of larvae into protein for animal feed. In several climate-controlled rooms equipped with high-tech systems, Insect School customers and partners will be able to get hands-on experience with the industrial process of farming BSF larvae commercially.
Insect School aims to help startups to make the step to an industrial-scale commercial black soldier fly farm, and a provide a place where entrepreneurs can analyse the technological feasibility of their plans.
"Hands-on experience in commercial BSF farming is essential to get started. We believe in the value of shared intelligence for both customers and brands, driving business growth through collaboration and innovation," said Bob Holtermans, CEO and founder of Insect Engineers, in a press release. "By sharing knowledge and working together, instead of keeping everything to ourselves, we can expand our knowledge and really move forward as an industry".
Meanwhile, the Insect School website will be an online news source and knowledge base for anyone interested in learning more about the insect protein industry, and the black soldier fly in particular. In this way, Insect School wants to show the world what the black soldier fly has to offer in the movement toward a circular economy and leaving a sustainable planet for our future generations. Visitors to the website can easily find answers to their questions in the knowledge base. In this way, anyone can gather information on how to get started with commercial BSF farming.
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