Growing insects vertically for sustainable seefood

Aude Guo co-founded vertical farming startup InnovaFeed when she was 29 and now leads operations at the world's largest vertical insect farm. InnovaFeed, operating in France (and soon to be in the US), is a company that raises black soldier flies (Hermetia illucens) with vertical farming technologies to produce natural, high-performing and sustainable nutrients for animal feed, an in particular aquafeeds.

The farm's production capacity can provide insect protein from black soldier flies to feed up to 200,000 tonnes of fish. The site spreads over 25,000m² and is 12 meters high.

"We operate a very unique farm, completely adapted to insects, which are sensitive animals that require precise control of their ambiance parameters – like temperature, hygrometry, density, and airflow. All of the farm processes are automated and managed through AI systems that use more than 3,000 sensors on-site and real-time data analytics," says Aude.

"Our ambition is to build more sustainable, natural and resilient food systems, by reintegrating insects at the heart of the food system, and allowing them to play the role they play in nature at larger scale.
Insect farmers have to keep the farming environment stable to scale up production InnovaFeed." 

Aude Guo recruited a diverse team of engineers, biologists and entomologists to work at the vertical farm InnovaFeed. "We are investing a lot in technologies and co-developing our equipment: as the insect industry is very young and innovative, we had to design some pieces of equipment from scratch, specifically for insect rearing." 

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