• Closing the loop on food waste

    For us, food waste isn't a problem -

    it's a resource

  • A third of all food is wasted

    Food waste – one of the biggest problems facing society today.

     

    Each year over 1.3 billion tonnes of food are wasted globally, that's about 1 trillion US dollars of lost value. If food waste were its own country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases after the US and China.

     

    In the UK alone, we waste enough food to fill nine Wembley Stadiums up to the brim. With an increasing population and modern lifestyles, the burden of food waste on society and the environment is set to increase in the future.

     

    Traditional composting solutions are difficult to commercialise at large scale, while modern technology like anaerobic digestion is capital intensive and reliant on government subsidies.

    But we've found an innovative solution...

    1.3 billion tonnes

    Annual food waste worldwide

    9 full Wembley Stadiums

    15 million tonnes - food wasted in the UK annually

    1 trillion US dollars

     Value loss via food wastage globally

    3.3 gigatonnes

    Greenhouse gases released from food waste globally

  • Our solution

    Entomics is transforming food waste into sustainable, renewable resources... using insects

    The Black Soldier Fly

    Black Soldier Fly larvae convert food waste into fats and proteins inside their bodies. Our innovative engineering system optimizes both the productivity of these larvae, and the synthesis of three high-value products downstream:


    1) Protein Meal

    2) Bio-Oil

    3) Organic Fertiliser

     

    Instead of breaking food waste down into simpler 'building blocks' like most current solutions, we are building food waste up into more complex and more valuable chemical compounds by leveraging the insects' metabolism.

  • The Team

    A passion for combining science and sustainability

    Matt McLaren

    Strategy & Growth

    Matt grew up in Australia before attaining a B.A. in Political Economy at UC Berkeley. He worked in banking and consulting for 5+ years, and recently completed his MBA at Cambridge Judge Business School. He is passionate about promoting sustainable resource use in developing countries.

     

    "We're excited by this

    opportunity, not just around the commercial potential, but also the positive environmental impacts it can have on society"

    Joe Halstead

    Biologist

    Joe grew up on a forestry plantation in Devon, and has worked in different agricultural sectors as well as silviculture and mechanics. He graduated from Cambridge with a degree in Natural Sciences specialising in plant ecology, where he studied sustainable agriculture, food security and insect biology.

     

    "Optimising insect growth and productivity is an ongoing task, but we're able to leverage these organisms' amazing biological characteristics"

    Fotis Fotiadis

    Engineer

    Fotis is a mechanical engineer with experience in Energy and Oil & Gas. Born in Greece, he spent 3+ years as an engineering consultant in the UK, before graduating from Cambridge with a Masters in Sustainable Engineering, focusing on the efficacy of off-grid power solutions.

     

    "Trying to combine traditional engineering solutions and biological systems is a largely unexplored area, but there is huge potential for innovation"

    Miha Pipan

    Biochemist

    Miha is a biochemist who is studying a Masters in Natural Sciences at Cambridge. Originally from Slovenia, he is currently developing technologies in cancer research, and is interested in exploring technology development and alternative models of translational research.

     

    "We're trying to take a very R&D-focused approach with the business, as there is still so much room for knowledge to be developed and shared freely"

  • Partners & Press

  • Contact Us

    Entomics is already working with organisations like Sainsburys, the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) and the Cambridge City Council to optimise our prototype.

     

    We are always looking to develop new partnerships, and look forward to chatting with anyone who is interested in transforming food waste into a positive resource.

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