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Aðalsteinsson's Fly Factory

This morning I was looking on Deezen for some much needed inspiration, when I came across this unusual contraption- a 'Fly Factory' that breeds insects for human consumption.

The product was designed by Icelandic product design graduate Búi Bjarmar Aðalsteinsson, to explore how to make insects palatable to western consumers and alleviate potential food shortages in the future.

Aðalsteinsson was inspired by a 2013 report by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations produced a report called Edible Insects, which investigates how insects could help alleviate shortages of food in future.

It works by feeding insects on food waste and recycles the nutrients they exrete as fertiliser.  The factory was designed in such a way that it produces no waste and to make use of materials that would otherwise be disregarded and thrown away.

Although I don't fancy eating insects myself, I find this piece of design extremely fascinating. Intended for use in returaunts rather than the home, I think it could be a sneak peak of a new model of agriculture that brings the livestock we eat closer to home; reducing the carbon print assosciated with food.

What I really like about the Fly Factory, is that it doesn't sole focus on the consumption of insects. Instead, it looks at the wider picture and considers how waste from the lavrae can also be used to produce a nutrient-rich soil; which can then be drained into compost canisters and then used for spice and herb production.

Rebecca Williamson