“Insects are the future, people!” This week on What Doesn’t Kill You, host Katy Keiffer continues her innovation series, chatting with Andrew Brentano, co-founder and COO of Tiny Farms, Inc. He is working to improve the efficiency and commercial viability of insect farming with the application of modern technology and data analytics. Andrew explains that he is fascinated with technology, particularly the potential for human and technology interaction to enable humanity to solve its mundane and existential problems, like sustainable food sources. Throughout the show, Katy gets the scoop on his latest project, Open Bug Farm, and how exactly one farms insects and the differences between the input/output ratio of insect farming versus conventional animal, marine, and even tofu protein sources. After the break, Katy asks Andrew what’s next for Tiny Farms, Inc. and if they might also venture into agricultural feed, providing for perhaps poultry and fish one day. Andrew certainly gives food for thought in this detailed interview – tune in for more! This program was brought to you by Cain Vineyard & Winery.
“There are almost 2000 documented species that humans consume around the world. There’s every variety of ant, cricket, locust… but in the near term we’re going to see more caterpillar species being eaten.”
“The big kicker is how much pro they [insects] have. Certain species are very high in healthy fats… and are high in vitamins and minerals.”
“For the aspiring insect farmer you really have two great markets: you’ve got your market for your actual insects and you’ve got your fertilizer market.”
—Andrew Brentano on What Doesn’t Kill You