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"Make your own protein snacks at home with this tabletop insect farm" on TheVerge.com (link)

"When you cook them, they smell a bit like cooked potatoes."

The designer Katharina Unger's site (link)

http://vimeo.com/70515033

http://vimeo.com/70515034

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Sat Jul 27, 2013 12:17 pm
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Thanks for posting that BW.

It will be interesting to see if it makes into production and at what price.

I'm surprised to see a ramp that appears to be in the middle of the waste/food. I assume a significant number of larvae would pupate in the waste area.

I'm especially disappointed to see this person misquoting the protein of fresh BSF larvae. 42% is the protein of dried BSF meal, not fresh larvae.

While I would love to see BSF devices become commonplace, I think this concept would be relatively expensive and that it would also encounter a lot of negative reviews from users experiencing problems. I hope I'm wrong though. Good luck to Ms. Unger. :)

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Sat Jul 27, 2013 1:27 pm
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Jerry wrote:
... I think this concept would be relatively expensive and that it would also encounter a lot of negative reviews from users experiencing problems.
I agree and expect the price would be exorbitant if it made it to production. On the plus side it does spread the word about BSF to a different audience.

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I agree that it's a great development for promoting BSF. I would love to work on a project like that. (In case you're reading this Ms. Unger ;))

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This popped up in the news again.

Article in the-gadgeteer.com (link):
Farm 432: Farming insects for food to feed the future
by Kathleen Chapman on September 28, 2015

and from the designers site:
"Farm432 becomes reality! We are currently manufacturing our first trial batch!" (link)

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I just have a hard time believing that this system works. I know that they've done the science and done their homework, but I can just picture larvae crawling all over the place and adults refusing to mate. If they're affordable I would still consider getting one, but I'll wait for the reviews.


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Aussiemoo wrote:
I just have a hard time believing that this system works. I know that they've done the science and done their homework, but I can just picture larvae crawling all over the place and adults refusing to mate. If they're affordable I would still consider getting one, but I'll wait for the reviews.


I agree. I love the idea, but have doubts that it will be simple to keep in balance.

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