Pioneering the potential of insects Ÿnsect launched its demonstration unit "Ÿnsite" in Damparis near Dole, Jura in France. The pilot production facility started by Ÿnsect in September 2016 in the business park, Innovia Pôle, is a world first; the construction of a first plant in France is planned for 2018. Philippe Caldier reports.
"Ÿnsect was created in 2011 on a visionary principle: to position insect proteins at the heart of the agrifood chain in order to meet sustainably the planet's growing demand for meat and fish". Antoine Hubert, President and cofounder of Ÿnsect, believes that insects "prove a legitimate, sustainable and natural solution" to meet the challenge of the expected shortage of protein resources to meet the demand of nine billion inhabitants that the planet will count by 2050. Specifically, Ÿnsect aims to give insects the place that should be theirs in the food chain. Insects are at the base of the
The installation of the demonstration unit on the Innovia Pole was motivated by the close presence of well-established insect know-how and know-how in the field of robotics (micromechanics, watchmaking, etc.) which are essential for its proper implementation.
food pyramid and are an integral part of the diet of the majority of wildlife. For fish, studies show that the share of insects consumed by wild trout is about 40%. In wild poultry, such as pheasants or partridges, the proportion of insects in the diet can rise to 50% during their growth phase, and represents 10% to 20% in adults. This share is not negligible in other vertebrates. It the wild boar (of the pig family) it is 5%, and up to 3% in canines and felines. In cats in particular, the consumption of insects, even in small quantities (0.2 to 3% in wild cats), is essential, because it provides them taurine, an essential amino acid for the
absorption of lipids by the body, and chitin that promotes digestion, fulfilling the same role as fiber. After studying breeding methods and technologies for the extraction of proteins, lipids and chitin from many species of insects - beetles, flies, butterflies, locusts - Ÿnsect focused on the mealworm beetle, Tenebrio molitor, which possesses numerous physiological, technical and biochemical assets for the breeding and its processing. Indeed, the species is gregarious (the larvae live naturally at high densities of population), nocturnal (no need to spend energy to light the breeding), and with high protein
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