Living With Micro-livestock Production

argylesock says… I’ve mentioned before how people in many places eat insects. Those of us who don’t, perhaps will in future. If that’s too difficult for cultures to accept, perhaps we’ll get better at using insects in livestock feed and crop fertiliser. We already introduce insects as pollinators and as pest control.

Living With Insects Blog

Feeding the future human population will require protein sources beyond traditional livestock. Insects, aka micro-livestock, are an edible source of protein that may augment future diets. Industrial farming has mechanized much of the care and feeding of livestock. Micro-livestock rearing can be mechanized and concept units have been designed.

Austrian designer, Katharina Unger, has designed Farm 432, a device to produce 2.4 kg of edible soldier fly larvae in 432 hours. Farm 432 has an area for the adult flies to mate and lay eggs. The eggs hatch and the larvae feed on “bio waste”. Farm 432 uses the behavior of the larvae (they crawl upward) for self harvesting. The larvae crawl up a tube and into a harvesting tray.

Some of the larvae can be allowed to pupate and hatch for continuous production. Katharina Unger has a great website with a lot of information about her concept. In…

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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