The Insect Engineers-led project aims to serve as a leading knowledge center and meeting place for the insect industry, helping the insect protein market to grow, with the aim of accelerating the transition to production. circular world food.
Located in the city of America in the Netherlands, testing facilities will soon be available for each stage of the Black Soldier Fly (BSF) breeding process. It starts with the laying of eggs by adult flies, until the larvae are transformed into proteins for animal feed. In several air-conditioned rooms equipped with high-tech systems, customers and partners of the Insect School will be able to gain practical experience of the industrial process of commercial rearing of BSF larvae.
Insect School aims to help startups take the leap to an industrial-scale commercial black fly farm and provide a place where entrepreneurs can analyze the technological feasibility of their projects.
“Hands-on experience in commercial BSF breeding is essential to get started. We believe in the value of shared intelligence for 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 it all to ourselves, we can expand our knowledge and really move forward as an industry.”
Meanwhile, the Insect School website will be an online source of information 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 towards a circular economy and leaving a sustainable planet for our future generations. Website visitors can easily find answers to their questions in the knowledge base. This way, anyone can gather information on how to get started with BSF commercial farming.
By collaborating with educational institutions, such as Wageningen University & Research and HAS University of Applied Sciences, and various commercial partners, Insect School aims to make its facilities available for research. Additionally, by collaborating with waste management companies, the highly efficient disposal of waste by BSF larvae can be evaluated and practiced.
“We believe that if you want to make serious change in the world, you can’t do it alone,” Holtermans said. “By sharing both practical and theoretical knowledge and by serving as a meeting place, we want to bring together the insect protein industry, which will help achieve the necessary revolution towards sustainable animal feed production.
Aquaculture is an increasingly important source of safe, nutritious and sustainable seafood for people around the world. Globally, aquaculture production must double by 2030 to keep pace with demand. These increases in demand for aquaculture products, food security considerations and job creation have generated an increased need for skilled workers.
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An official opening week is due to take place from June 28 to July 3, during which the school will be open to visitors, while an interactive expert session will take place on Thursday June 30, during which different experts from the insect sector will make presentations. .