A £10 million funding package to accelerate the development of the UK’s first large-scale industrial insect farm could provide a significant boost to the sustainability of the country’s aquaculture sector, according to experts.
The UK Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) announced the financial support programme for a research consortium to deliver a complete demonstrator system for the conversion of food waste into insect-based animal feed and biofertiliser. It will also prove that the farming of black soldier flies is economically viable, low carbon, and scalable in the UK, while validating its safety and efficacy.
Led by Entocycle, which uses insects to make ingredients for pet food and animal feed, the project involves a range of organisations from different sectors, including the University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture, Cooke Aquaculture Scotland, and the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC).
The University of Warwick, Durham University, Tesco, Beta Bugs Ltd, AB Agri Ltd, Better Origin, ISCF Future Food Production Systems, Fera Science Ltd, and Insect Technology Group UK, are also supporting its delivery.