What is the Problem?
Increase in global food production needed
Population growth and changes in living standards, especially in developing countries, are leading to a massive increase in global food demand.
Tons of proteins set to be missing
These additional proteins are needed especially in feed for chickens, fish and pigs. Meeting this additional demand is not possible with conventional methods, such as growing more soy or increasing fishing, without significant ecological damage.
...of the European protein-rich crop supply is imported
Currently, 70% of the proteins consumed by Europe’s farms, such as soya and fish meal, are imported. This is critical not only from an ecological point of view.
Upcycle domestic grain by-products through local insect farming.
Empowering farmers through insect farming
Our mission is to make the complex insect farming a mainstream feed production, installed closer to its demand.
Changing the feed system
Insect based proteins and oils can successfully replace current unsustainable feed sources (Soy, Fish meal) without entering in competition with food productions.
High quality proteins
Insects, like mealworms (Tenebrio Molitor) are amongst the most efficient organisms when it comes to convert food by-products into highly digestible feed. Compared with a Kg of beef, farming a Kg of mealworm requires: 5x less food, 14x less water, 5x less land.
Products and Services
By decentralizing the farming of Mealworms between a network of partner farmers, high quality proteins can be produced and transformed closer to food by-products sources and closer to clients. This proximity allows us to increase the sustainable aspect of our products as well as making the supply of farmed insects more flexible:
High Protein Content
The mealworm meal produced by NERTUS is a highly digestible, high quality protein rich powder (>60%) suitable to replace the current sources of animal protein.
The main by-product generated by the NERTUS process is actually a valuable natural fertilizer rich in NPK (Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium). Currently, NPK fertilizers are sourced from chemical and mining industries.
Our autonomous farming module is monitored by an individual and can be installed in existing buildings. Our technology reduces the complexity of insect farming while including farmers in this new industry.
We are an international and multidisciplinary team with strong skills in engineering, biology and business administration.