Protix – Tackling Challenges of Food Security
With a rapidly increasing world population and limited resources for food production, we must look for smarter methods of producing much needed proteins. Protix tackles the challenges of food security for both humans and animals, and reduces organic waste in the process.
The Dutch company has developed a sustainable and circular way to harness the power of insects for the production of insect-based products. These products include insect-based meals and high concentration protein products that can be used in the production for aquaculture and animal feed, food, and pharmaceuticals.
Protix uses an innovative way to breed the larvae of the black soldier fly. The larvae eat food leftovers and store it as proteins. After its life cycle the larvae is used as a source to produce protein powder. In turn, the powder is, for instance, used to feed cultivated salmon. In the past, the salmon were fed with fish powder made from other fish – which was unsustainable.
Value from food waste
Protix's technology provides an answer to increasing food and feed demands on limited land surface. The technology also helps to dispose food leftovers in an effective manner, creating value from waste.
The World Economic Forum acknowledged Protix by presenting them the Technology Pioneer Award.