Protix : Insects as a sustainable source of protein for food and feed

Aquaculture is growing quickly as a source of protein for our diets. The increasing world population is a major driver of this growth. Protix is the first company able to deliver insect derived proteins reliably and in large enough volumes to serve the fish industry.

The challenges

This addresses one of aquaculture’s biggest challenges; developing sustainable sources of protein for fish. Fishmeal is the gold standard of protein, but demand for this product has resulted in overexploitation of fisheries and severe ecosystem damage. Soy is the main alternative, but production expansion relies on cutting rainforest to open up farmland.

The work

A recent LCA has shown that Black soldier Fly (BSF) protein production can be more sustainable than average fishmeal and soy production. By going from start-up to large-scale producer, Protix provides a case study in how alternative proteins can reach the market and support the food chain. Key to Protix’s success serving the aquaculture industry; the company’s technologies bring together many lose ends in our food system. Integrator technologies, addressing multiple food chain issues are the next phase in technologies that will fix our food. Protix uses food waste to feed the black soldier fly. Protein, lipids and soil improver are produced from the process. The figure below summarizes the flow of nutrients and how insects serve as the missing link for sustainable production of animal proteins (replacing fish meal and soy) and plant proteins by creating an excellent soil improver.

The work

A recent LCA has shown that Black soldier Fly (BSF) protein production can be more sustainable than average fishmeal and soy production. By going from start-up to large-scale producer, Protix provides a case study in how alternative proteins can reach the market and support the food chain. Key to Protix’s success serving the aquaculture industry; the company’s technologies bring together many lose ends in our food system. Integrator technologies, addressing multiple food chain issues are the next phase in technologies that will fix our food. Protix uses food waste to feed the black soldier fly. Protein, lipids and soil improver are produced from the process. The figure below summarizes the flow of nutrients and how insects serve as the missing link for sustainable production of animal proteins (replacing fish meal and soy) and plant proteins by creating an excellent soil improver.

The participants

Protix, ETH Zürich Foundation, DIL e.V. (German Institute of Food Technologies), Era-Net LAC project EntoWaste.

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