We believe that weaving insects into the fabric of our food system is a profoundly important course of action to restore circularity in agriculture. Insects, and the microbial ecosystems they nurture, could be the missing link to restore soil health, eliminate organic waste, and produce a nutrient-rich, healthy food system for generations to come.
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What is Frass?
Frass is a general term that means the things that insects and their larvae leave behind.
It contains excrement from all the things they consume as they so along like plant material, wood, human food, and other materials. Frass will look different depending on the insect type and what their food source is.
Frass can look like little bits of dust, rust, or sawdust, or whatever the insects have been consuming.
Frass also contains chitin, the main component found in the exoskeletons of insects and shellfish. The nutrients in frass are in a readily available form that allows it to function as efficiently as a mineral NPK fertilizer.
Source: State 3 Farm via Grow Magazine
Center for Environmental Sustainability through Insect Farming
Chapul Farms' CEO, Pat Crowley, is the chair of the board for the CEIF.
The goal of the center is to bridge academia with industry to explore the safe and effective use of insect protein.
The Center is funded through a $2.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation. More than 34 U.S. and global companies, including Tyson Foods and Mars Inc., serve as industrial partners for the center.