Farm 432: How to Make your own protein snacks at home

Katharina Unger an Industrial designer  has created a sustainable system that will allow people to add protein to their diet by breeding and harvesting fly larvae at home. Yes, you read it right, you will be able to breed the highest protein insects right at the conform of your home (I am just imagining a  grasshopper delicacy). Dubbed as Farm 432, the project consists of a large chamber; fly larvae placed in a small holding pen at the top. After they transform into flies, they exit the holding pen for the larger chamber where they mate and produce new larvae. This fall down into a hidden chamber dubbed “kindergarten,” where they grow and eventually climb up through a tube — Unger calls the process “self-harvesting” — and then fall into a removable cup.

 Thereafter the larvae can be taken out, cooked, and eaten ofcourse with a few choice candidates placed back into the holding pen at the top to start the process again. Over an 18-day period, the designer says, one gram of black soldier fly eggs will result in 2.4 kilograms of larvae protein. “Black soldier fly adults don’t eat, the larvae can be fed on bio waste, therefore the production almost costs no water or CO2,” she writes. “Black soldier fly larvae are one of the most efficient protein converters in insects, containing up to 42 percent of protein, a lot of calcium, and amino acids.”

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Don’t expect to find, Farm 432 at your local supermarket soon, and the solution is most definitely not for the sqeamish — though Unger insists it’s not an unpleasant culinary experience. “The larvae I bred have a very distinctive taste,” she told Dezeen. “When you cook them, they smell a bit like cooked potatoes.” Source: Kunger