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Beta Buzz #4

The ‘Must-Have’ Insect Farming Industry Publication

Read the Fourth Edition of Beta Buzz


Thomas Farrugia introduces the long-awaited Beta Buzz #4

Dear Reader,
I hope you are doing well as you get ready to read this 4th edition of Beta Buzz, which we are delighted to present to you.

It has been 2 years since my colleague Nicola and I put the first issue of Beta Buzz together.
We’re delighted to present this 4th edition because it reflects two things: i) the rapid development of our sector and ii) holding true to our commitment to enabling new market entrants to join the insect farming sector. Over the past half-year, our industry has continued to make strides towards scaling up, with a significant number of large-scale insect farms being completed recently and further involvement from agri food stakeholders who are either providing their own offerings or partnering with existing Black Soldier Fly companies.

At a global level, we have had the hottest summer on record, leading world leaders at COP28 put agriculture under the spotlight, and make a commitment towards phasing out fossil fuels (even though they may have not used that language).
To me this means that insect farming will have a serious role to play in enabling the decarbonization and improved sustainability of our world’s agri-food systems. In order to do this, we’re going to need more insect protein and insect farmers, which is why we have again brought together content on the Black Soldier Fly farming sector farming featuring offerings from equipment suppliers and service providers so that you can get your insect farm up and running. We have also been busy sourcing informative content including perspectives on Black Soldier Fly nutrition by Dr. Thomas Spranghers from KU Leuven (pg 23), a case study on Flybox’s modular insect farming systems (pg 33) and how insect farming contributes to the circular revolution in collaboration with Peritus Capital (pg 05). In addition, we have also included a brief recap of sector developments in the quarter (pg 37), along with an FAQ section on Black Soldier Fly farming in the context of waste processing (pg 47)

Lastly, as you may have seen, Beta Bugs, the company behind this publication, secured further funding to accelerate on its plans for developing and distributing breeds of Black Soldier Fly – more on this on pg 43.

As always, we constantly seek to improve our Beta Buzz offering, so if you have any thoughts, feedback or would like to contribute to issue #5 with a case study, best practise or industry development piece then please get in touch on info@betabugs.uk


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Thomas Farrugia – Founder and CEO


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Other Issues

Beta Buzz Science Edition Front Cover
At Beta Bugs, we decided to contribute to the insect farming research focus by providing a sample of some of the cutting-edge research that is being undertaken within our sector in this Science Edition of Beta Buzz. Specifically, in this issue we cover topics such as the different ways of improving genetic performance, understanding and managing disease, the power of insect frass as a fertilizer and the nutritional demand of the BSF. Beta Buzz:The Science Edition, which differs from our existing Beta Buzz, provides a forum for knowledge dissemination from both academia and industry, ensuring that our sector can unlock further development and growth
Beta Buzz #3
Beta Buzz #3 continues to bridge the gap between businesses and customers to streamline the process and ensure a clear route to market for interested parties. Beta Buzz #3 continues to drive the message further afield, raising awareness of relevant technology and service providers in the insect farming value chain. The issue also features industry perspectives from a consumer facing angle from the likes of retail giant Tesco, highlighting how they see insect farming from a feed sustainability angle, which will help to reduce their carbon footprint within the retail supply chain.
Beta Buzz 2
Beta Buzz #2 focuses on bridging the gap between businesses and customers struggling to find the required and most up to date information all in one place so taking into account our audience, the Beta Buzz team has included articles and perspectives on the sector, in line with the publications aim of making the industry more open and communicative. Alongside this, the industry-first technology and service providers showcase features a range of new companies and technologies which help set up Black Soldier Fly farms.
Beta Buzz #1
Beta Buzz #1 focuses on the technology suppliers who can facilitate the set-up and running of insect farming operations, helping to improve on-farm performance or to help with progressing to the next stage of scale. This issue of Beta Buzz also includes the current membership bodies for each main region, who are important sources of regional best practice, regulations, and specific developments in the insect farming industry.