The UK government is backing the construction of the country’s first industrial-scale insect farm as a way to produce more sustainable animal food for big livestock suppliers.
Entocycle, which is building the farm, plans to breed up to 5m black soldier fly larvae as protein for animal food, while the insects’ excrement, known as frass, will be sold to the horticultural industry as fertiliser.
The government is investing £10m in the project. Supermarket group Tesco is also backing it by encouraging its fish suppliers to buy insect-based feed from Entocycle and planning to supply waste, such as overripe fruit and vegetables and stale bakery goods, as food for the insects.
“Insects are everywhere, every corner of your house, garden, doing their work making sure the planet is in good running order, so why not use them for our good,” said Keiran Whitaker, founder of Entocycle.
The start-up has already secured