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I'll Have the Fly-Fed Beef, Please

A startup asks Washington to green-light feed made from bugs

Bugs for dinner. A cadre of scientists and the United Nations thinks it’s the solution to the world’s looming food crisis, a way to feed the 2 billion extra people expected by 2050 without taxing the environment. The only problem—and it’s a big one—is that a large chunk of humanity hasn’t acquired a taste for insects.

Glen Courtright says he has a more palatable solution. His startup, EnviroFlight, is asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for permission to sell livestock feed made from insects. “We can produce 225 pounds of clean, safe feed ingredients for aquaculture, poultry, and crustacea—that’s the holy trinity of fish, shrimp, and chicken—in a 3-foot-by-5-foot space,” he says.