Did you know that insects represent the nourishment of the future and that in Balzac-Alberta a farm is being built for its production at an approximate cost of $ 30 million dollars?

September 1, 2018

 

That's right, as you have just read and although this may be surprising for you, the truth is that this trend has been manifesting for quite some time.


In fact, in 2013 the United Nations Organization dedicated to Food and Agriculture, referred to the issue with some bold predictions about the potential of insect proteins.


According to the UN report of the year 2011, world production was estimated at 870 million tons.
Establishing in this way that production would have to increase by 70 percent to be able to feed the world's population by the year 2050, since it is expected that the production of meat (poultry, pork and beef) will double.


Although today this trend may be curious, I invite you to reflect on this, taking into consideration three simple factors:


1-The planet Earth is running out of resources.
 

2- The world population continues to increase.
 

3-The growing population of the planet will need a source of food.


As you can see once the exercise of analyzing the factors mentioned above is done, it is very understandable that to date, dozens of small companies have been launched that make sandwiches based on crickets and flour worms.

 

 

In fact, a recent market report in this regard estimates that the edible insect industry will increase its profits by $ 360 million over the next five years.


Enterra, is a private company, owner of an insect protein production facility in Langley, B.C, specializes in the development and manufacture of sustainable insect-based ingredients for the fish, poultry and pet food industries.


Victoria Leung, spokeswoman for Enterra Feed Corporation, announced on Thursday that a major round of global financing has been completed, which will allow it to continue construction of three production facilities in North America, including an establishment near Balzac. 


In the same way I express: "We are aware of being revolutionizing the market because our cattle is very unconventional because it is made up of insects".


Within the 180,000-square-foot Balzac facility, Enterra will breed black soldier fly larvae, an insect with a high protein and fat content that can be processed to feed the animals.


The billions of twisted larvae that will live in the new Balzac storage facility represent the future of agriculture, since such production presents itself as a potential solution to the problem of feeding the growing world population by reducing the ecological cost of the protein obtained through traditional meat.


The company boasts that its larval production process is completely sustainable, since the insects are fed with food waste that would otherwise go to landfills or compost operations.


In addition to this, the insects conform perfectly to the law, as they do not need arable land, rather in a storage facility, they can be stacked vertically.

 

Leung commented that sales of Enterra's products have tripled annually since 2014, and the company projects continued growth as food producers seek sustainable replacements for resource-intensive inputs such as fishmeal, soybean meal, oil of coconut and palm kernel oil.


Enterra, which sells whole dried larvae, as well as a ground flour product and an oil that can be mixed with other ingredients to produce a variety of animal feeds, is the first company to receive regulatory approval in the US. and Canada for its ingredients for insects.

 

 

The company has plans for global expansion, and believes that insect farming will be an important part of feeding a hungry planet in the coming decades.


It is expected that construction at the Enterra de Balzac facilities will begin immediately and it is estimated that the facility will generate employment for approximately 30 people when it opens its doors in 2019.


It should be mentioned that Enterra, is a creation of the famous scientist David Suzuki and the CEO of the company, Brad Marchant, they aim to replace the unsustainable fishmeal and soybean as sources of protein and fats with the insects that grow in the waste of food, so they are working with fly larvae, as well as using grain used by breweries to grow meal worms for poultry.

 

As you can see, it has been proven that insects are nutritious and efficiently become protein food with a fraction of the environmental footprint of traditional livestock.

 

Now we have a long way to go, because we must adapt to this new reality and we will need to start removing the existing prejudice regarding the production of insects as an animal and human food source.

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