The founders of Grubbly Farms, a start-up in Atlanta, Georgia, are out to close the loop in our agricultural system by upcycling pre-consumer food waste to produce a sustainable and healthy source of protein for farm animals and pets to eat.

How do they plan on doing this you ask? Via the utilization of insects of course.

We have a massive food waste issue in the United States totaling to 52 million tons of food getting landfilled yearly costing roughly $1.3 billion. That combined with the interrupting of natural food chains by overfishing the oceans in pursuit of producing fish meal, a fish based protein ingredient used in animal feeds, is where Grubbly Farms model comes in.

Grubbly Farms is developing state-of-the-art insect farms as the solution for all of these problems. By feeding pre-consumer food waste to insects we can decrease the amount of volume required by landfills as well as reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. The larvae themselves then can be used a healthy source of protein for an array of animals. This will reduce our dependency on the oceans as well as reduce the amount of land we need to dedicate to grow animal feed.

Grubbly Farms concept is in development phase now, but is close to being commercially viable thanks to the help of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Energy Technology. The state organization has helped Grubbly Farms find space at Kennesaw State University where it could use its greenhouses to grow its business. The Centers helped connect Grubbly with the UGA Small Business Development Center to help develop their business, introduced them to Walker County Schools for educational purposes and connected them with Arden’s Garden and Atlanta Bread Company as sources of pre-consumer food waste they could use to feed their insects with.