The sustainability mindset at Enterra

Blogs • April 22, 2021

We harness the power of insects to feed and care for the world – in a sustainable way. Earth Day, celebrated on April 22, provides the perfect opportunity to talk about sustainability. 

At Enterra, sustainability means doing things that are better for the planet. Here are a few of the ways we’re bringing that promise to life every day.

 

Diverting food waste from the landfill

Over half (35.5 million tonnes) of Canada’s food supply is lost or wasted annually, and $49.5 billion of that wasted food is avoidable. Government and private organizations are taking action to reduce food waste, and we’re part of the solution.

We collect food waste from local farms, grocery stores and food production facilities and turn it into a nutritionally complete smoothie to feed our Black Soldier Fly (BSF) grubs. This upcycled diet is 100% plant-based and government approved.

At our facility in Alberta, Canada, we recycle more than 130 tonnes of food waste each day. And for every tonne of grubs we raise, we divert 16.4 tonnes of pre-consumer food waste from the landfill. 

It takes 15 days to raise Black Soldier Flies from eggs to grubs. The grubs are then dried, heat-treated and ground into a protein-rich powder or oil for animal feed.

 

Offering an alternative protein for animals

The world’s population is expected to reach about 10 billion by 2050. With this increase, there will be a significant gap between food production and the needs of the world. To help to close the gap, less consumption of animal protein by pets could leave more animal protein available for humans. That’s one of the reasons the demand for insect ingredients is growing. 

BSF grubs are nutritious, sustainable and natural. The protein powder is highly digestible, made from dried grubs, is rich in prebiotics, essential amino acids and digestible lipids. The oil is a good source of medium-chain triglycerides and lauric acid.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration completed its utility and safety review for the use of BSF meal in adult dog food. We are currently working on regulatory approval for cats.

 

Using fewer resources with vertical farming

Compared to animals, Black Soldier Flies require very few resources to grow. At Enterra, we raise millions of Black Soldier Flies in just under four acres of space by using vertical farming techniques, which means we can produce more nutrients per square foot. We also require very little water to raise them.

These features make BSF protein one of the most sustainable sources of protein in the world today. 

 

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