What's the big deal?
Understanding the Issue:
Traditional protein production methods are environmentally unsustainable as the world population continues to increase.
70% of deforested land in the Amazon is needed for pasture space.
Manure from traditional livestock contaminates our water with nutrients, toxins and pathogens.
18% of Greenhouse Gas emissions come from livestock rearing.
Why eat Insects:
Great flavor and high in protein.
Fewer Greenhouse Gas emissions compared to pigs and beef cattle.
Far more efficient at converting feed into increased body mass.
Significantly less land and water requirements than traditional livestock
Note: Blue bars represent minimal values and the red bars represent maximum values found in literature.
Source: Oonincx DGAB, de Boer IJM (2012) Environmental Impact of the Production of Mealworms as a Protein Source for Humans – A Life Cycle Assessment. PLOS ONE 7(12): e51145. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0051145
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ArboVe is an innovative food company first conceived by Grant Beatty in August 2018. Drawing from his passion for the living world, coupled with inspiration from a serendipitous article, Grant sought to further develop the potential of insects as an eco-friendly protein source. Thus, the concept of ArboVe was born.
ArboVe specializes in producing edible insect products for human consumption. We currently use mealworms for our source of insect protein . The farming of insects requires significantly less water, feed, and land as compared to traditional livestock. This means that this food source could help address food insecurity around the world, combat global warming, and reduce the depletion of our natural resources, all at the same time!
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Food scarcity is an issue for millions of people around the globe. The world population continues to grow, increasing this challenge. Our current methods for food production are environmentally costly and must adapt in order to address these challenges.
At ArboVe, our focus is developing underutilized, nutritious food sources that are more environmentally-friendly and sustainable to produce on mass-scale.