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The Fly Factory Helps to Grow Insects for Eating Bugs

By: Laura McQuarrie - Published: • References: behance.net and dezeen
Inspired by a report from the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization, Icelandic product design student Búi Bjarmar Aðalsteinsson thought up the Fly Factory, a machine that would produce a much more sustainable source of protein than animal-harvested meat.

Eating insects is the norm in many places all over the world, but it's an untapped protein source in some others, like the West. With the Fly Factory, people would be able to cultivate the larvae of the black soldier fly. This particular fly doesn't have a mouth and doesn't seek food in its short life, so it's considered one of the more sanitary flies out there.

From the Fly Factory, Aðalsteinsson was able to successfully produce a pâté and a pudding from the larvae, which could prove to make eating insects more palatable to Westerners.