Larvatria manufactures insect larvae through an innovative industrial process. These larvae are used to create two exclusive product lines.

Antimicrobial insect proteins for animal feed, antiparasitic organic fertilizers. Larvatria defines itself as a model of a circular economy through industrial symbiosis. Its commercial, agri-food and environmental activities have bestowed upon it green investment, AgTech and CleanTech designations.

The world's population is growing steadily. The scientific discoveries in medicine and pharmacology of the last century are not alien to this situation. At the same time, there has been a significant increase in the standard of living in emerging countries in recent decades.

The agri-food industry must prepare to overcome a colossal challenge: while the world population will increase by 2.3 billion people by 2050, i.e. 33%, food production will need to increase by 70% to meet the needs of this demographic growth (33%), as well as the increase in the living standard (37%). Since demand for meat usually follows the standard of living index, its production will have to increase by 200 million tons by 2050 to reach 470 million tons, 72% of which will be consumed in emerging countries, as opposed to 58% today. The animal feed supply will also have to grow, but on a much greater scale.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO): “Insects make very good food for livestock, poultry and fish. They are healthy, nutritious and are an excellent source of proteins, polyunsaturated fatty acids, iron, calcium, vitamin B and essential nutrients. The amino acids content in most insect-based meals positively compares to the recommended reference standard. Because of their high content in protein, insects could favourably replace animal flours, cereals and oils in animal feed. Sustainable use of edible insects may contribute to general conservation of natural resources, and therefore play an important part in preserving biodiversity.”

The Larvatria Corporation was founded in September 2012 by Gilles-Andre Bouchard, an entrepreneur wishing to properly respond to the demand in protein for animal feed.

His work led him to study edible insects that could be farmed and a biomass that could feed them. The entrepreneur considered the main insects used in commercial farming, i.e. the black soldier fly, the mealworm and the cricket, and chose the housefly, whose farming is recommended by the FAO and PROteINSECT.

He then tested various hypotheses: why not feed thousands of housefly larvae with manure and transform it into fertilizer, since nature has been doing just that for millions of years? The larvae would then be harvested to produce protein flours.

Larvatria Corporation’s expert entomologists have identified two types of flies with characteristics enabling them to consume and recycle this particular biomass. To feed themselves, their larvae destroy microorganisms from intestinal microbiota, evolution having created them with powerful weapons: antimicrobial peptides.

It was the birth of the Larvatria Process, which allows for the enrichment and commercialisation of a neglected biomass, the elimination of farming pollution and the production of antimicrobial insect larvae.

Antimicrobial peptide rich flours from housefly larvae possess a strong application potential as supplements in animal feed. It has been demonstrated that they improve growth, help in the digestion of nutrients and intestinal health, positively modify intestinal microbiota and improve the immune system. Moreover, when added to farm animal diets, it helps food preservation.

Larvatria Corporation’s innovative business model combines an efficient insect, an abundant substrate, as well as an automated industrial process. It materializes the sustainable and continuous production of insect proteins and high-quality biological fertilizers.

Insect | Housefly

Housefly larvae possess the exceptional capacity to sanitize manure while feeding from it and to quickly transform it into a rich organic fertilizer.

Evolution has provided them with antimicrobial peptides that eliminate enterobacteria and enrich manufactured products with sought after therapeutic qualities.

Substrate | Manure

It is inedible and its provisioning at a reasonable cost is unlimited.

It presents various environmental challenges with greenhouse gases, phosphorus surplus and eutrophication of watersheds.

Industrial Process | Biorefining

The Company hits two targets with one stone: it depollutes, refines and transforms manure into organic fertilizer, while feeding myriads of edible insects.

Larvatria, in the end, obtains 2 product lines: (1) antimicrobial insect proteins for animal feed; (2) antiparasitic organic fertilizers.

It's 4.0 automated industrial process with vertical incubation and its high-performance insect enable harvests on a continuous basis; 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.

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