In Brief

Could homegrown larvae be the solution to food shortages in the future?

Food shortages are something that could eventually affect us all, which is why product designer Búi Bjarmar Aðalsteinsson has created a Fly Factory that breeds insect larvae for human consumption. To make the idea more appealing to our tastes, the designer has also created a selection of insect-infused dishes, which includes some delicious looking desserts.

The insect factory has been designed to not only produce zero waste, but also make use of materials that you would normally find in the trash. Food waste is used to feed the insects, a type of fly considered more sanitary because it has no mouth parts, while the nutrients they excrete are used to make fertilizer. Heat from the refrigerator that stores the larvae is also rerouted to keep the insects’ enclosure at a consistent temperature and humidity.

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