Here at Grubbly Farms, we are on a mission to make the world a better place, not only for our generation and those to come, but for the animals with whom we share our planet. Our goal is to close the loop in our agricultural system by upcycling pre-consumer food waste to produce a sustainable and healthy source of protein for animals via the utilization of insects. We are achieving our vision of a closed loop agricultural system by developing a state-of-the-art insect farm.
Our current food system needs an overhaul. We are interrupting natural food chains by overfishing the oceans in pursuit of producing fish meal, a fish-based protein ingredient used in animal feeds. About 75% of the fish used in the production of fish meal are wild-caught forage fish, or small schooling fish such as sardines, herring and anchovies. Harvesting nearly 29 million tons of forage fish every year is causing drastic effects further up the food chain. These effects will become increasingly worse in coming years - The World Bank predicts that by 2030, two-thirds of consumed fish will be harvested from seafood farming.
Meanwhile, we have a massive food waste issue in the United States - a whopping 52 million tons of food are being landfilled every year, at a cost of roughly $1.3 billion. And the estimated retail value of this food waste? More than $160 billion annually. Furthermore, all this food waste decomposes and releases methane, a greenhouse gas that has been determined to be 20 times as harmful as carbon dioxide.
We believe that insects are the key solution for all of these problems. By utilizing food waste and feeding it to insects, we can reduce the volume going to landfills and therefore reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The larvae themselves can then be used as a healthy source of protein for a variety of animals. This will reduce the impact on our oceans' delicate food chain, as well as reduce the amount of land required to grow conventional animal feed.