Today, our Insect Technology was featured in the Austrian newspaper, Kleine Zeitung. The article interviewed our Head of Research and Development, Alfred Friedacher, and explained how this technology helps to solve the waste management issue.
If you are not familiar with our innovation, here is a brief explanation. We build a technology that makes it possible to use fly larvae to treat organic waste. The larvae consume waste, thereby transforming it into protein that can be used for animal food, for example.
Every year, 1.3 billion tonnes of organic waste are generated worldwide. Our Insect Technology is crucial for the environment because it treats the waste while emitting 70% less CO2 than other forms of waste treatment. As Dr. Friedacher explained, the benefit is that “on the one hand, you reduce piles of waste and greenhouse gases, and on the other hand, you close the loop by recycling the waste.”
There are more advantages, such as environmental protection. We usually don’t think about it, but the feed used in fish farming consists of wild fish, therefore contributing to the overfishing of oceans. With our technology, insect larvae can be used to replace fishmeal, helping to protect wildlife in the ocean.
The technology is promising, and we want to continue expanding. Dr. Friedacher highlighted that “our goal is to turn the good ideas that exist in the environmental field into reality.” The next step is, by 2023, to implement an Insect Technology plant in Austria. You can read the full article in German here.