The global population is expected to grow to 9 billion people by 2040, and meat consumption is expected to increase by 26% from 2007 to 2050. Climate change can cut crop yields by more than 25% and land, oceans and forests are being depleted. Food security is a global challenge, and alternative methods of food production are necessary. There is an urgent need to increase supply of protein from sustainable sources and insects, especially flies, have the potential to help meet this demand.
Insects have been an element of diets in various regions around the world for centuries. Flying SpArk is a food technology company focused on finding new ways of incorporating insect protein into food products. Flying SpArk’s protein powder, made of the Mediterranean fruit fly, has many advantages over other sources of protein. They have better nutritional value in comparison to both animal and non-animal derived proteins, including other insects. Fruit flies are cholesterol, antibiotic, hormone, and pesticide free, their farming requires considerably less water and feed, and produces less waste, manure, and methane than conventional livestock.
Flying SpArk feed their insects on a zero cost diet. This involves the use of surplus food as a microbial growth substrate, without employing toxic substances of any kind. This promotes the use of renewable resources, limiting the issues associated with the high cost of sustaining industrial animal protein production. As the surplus is consumed for production of food, this contributes to a circular economy and to a cost-effective solution for a regular protein supply.
Fruit fly-based food is produced by small organisms whose growth conditions can be easily manipulated to enhance protein production, ensuring a constant quality level and predictable yield at scales of kilogram and/or tonne. Flying SpArk’s innovative solution will make this food supplement available in industrial-scale quantities at cost-competitive prices.