Insect Decline

TODAY marks the United Nations’ 2019 International Day for Biological Diversity – launched under the theme “Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health”.

London, 22 May 2019

At AgriProtein, we understand biodiversity as the bedrock of healthy food systems, human existence and the wellbeing of planet Earth. Our focus, however, is firmly rooted in the protection and promotion of insects.

The word biodiversity invokes images of rare and exotic animals roaming vast and undisturbed plains, schools of colourful fish in deep blue oceans, or rows of lush green trees in enchanting rainforests. Rarely does the word conjure up thoughts of insects who do little to convey the same majesty in most people’s imaginations. Human aversion to insects is clear – from how we refer to them as ‘creepy crawlies’ or ‘bugs’ to the longstanding and disproportionate focus of research funding on ‘pest control’.

Not all insects suffer the same fate. Butterflies and bees are well-researched, and their population declines well-documented. Numerous worldwide support programmes exist to halt their decline and extinction. One of the legacies of underfunded entomological research is a lack of comprehensive, meaningful, long-term and comparable data on wider insect populations. As a result, the rate at which many insect populations are declining is not well understood. This lack of awareness is alarming – as we at AgriProtein understand the intrinsic importance of insects to the survival of our planet.

Insects are part of a natural and clever system of checks and balances – from the foundation of complex food webs to their recycling activities – insects have the power to influence entire landscapes. An immense range of flying species – not just bees – are vital plant pollinators; those that crawl aerate and help our soils retain water; those with stronger stomachs are essential recyclers of the ecosystem – breaking down less savoury waste such as dung and dead animals. It is because of their unique but little understood role that we believe insects should be core to our thinking on biodiversity. Whilst millions of insect species remain to be formally identified, their importance to the ecosystem is abundantly clear. A relatively small percentage loss in insect biodiversity could result in disproportionately large consequences.

Working with several species of insects for close to a decade, most notably the humble fly, has highlighted to us the importance of looking beyond the large endangered animal species. Insects are abundant and often taken for granted yet can provide important lessons about the endurance and success of existing ecosystems. It is through these lessons that the insect community hope to continue to harness the power of these remarkable creatures to address some of the most pressing environmental issues facing the world today. AgriProtein harnesses at industrial scale, the natural lifecycle of the black soldier fly to upcycle nutrients from organic waste streams.

In doing this we are making a small contribution to this years’ International Day for Biodiversity theme: celebrating biodiversity to create a more sustainable solution for our food and our planet that ultimately positively impacts our health.

Read more about what we do here – www.agriprotein.com – and discover how we harness nature to directly reduce landfill and produce cleaner alternatives for a happier and more biodiverse planet.

AgriProtein is named in the 2018 Global CleanTech 100

List Recognizes the Top Private Companies in Clean Technology

Cape Town, 23 January 2018

AGRIPROTEIN, a pioneer of waste-to-nutrient recycling using proprietary technology that recycles organic waste into natural protein at an industrial scale, today announced it was named for the second year running in the prestigious 2018 Global Cleantech 100, produced by CTG (Cleantech Group), whose research and events services keep its audiences and clients in touch with emerging trends, leading innovation companies and all key players in sustainable innovation.

The Global Cleantech 100 represents the most innovative and promising ideas impacting the future of a wide range of industries, according to the players in the market. Featuring companies that are best positioned to solve tomorrow’s clean technology challenges, the Global Cleantech 100 is a comprehensive list of private companies with the highest potential today to make significant market impact within a 5-10-year timeframe.

“We are pleased to be selected for the second year running to be part of the highly respected Global Cleantech 100 list. It is a tribute to all our staff that our role helping provide sustainable protein for food security has been recognised by so many global leaders.” said Jason Drew.

This list is collated by combining proprietary CTG research data, with weighted qualitative judgments from hundreds of nominations, and specific inputs from a global 86-person Expert Panel. To qualify for the list, companies must be independent, for-profit, cleantech companies that are not listed on any major stock exchange.

This year, a record number of nominations were received: 12,300 distinct companies from 61 countries. These companies were weighted and scored to create a short list of 312 companies. Short-listed nominees were reviewed by CTG’s Expert Panel, resulting in a finalized list of 100 companies from 18 countries.

The 86-member expert panel is drawn from leading financial investors and representatives of multi-national corporations and industrials active in technology and innovation scouting across Asia, Europe, and North America. The composition of the expert panel broadly represents the global cleantech community, from pioneers and leaders to veterans and new entrants. The diversity of panelists results in a list of companies that command an expansive base of respect and support from many important players within the global cleantech innovation ecosystem.

“The ongoing mainstreaming of clean technology solutions and the rise in their strategic importance was evidenced by an unprecedented burst of recent M&A activity,” said Richard Youngman, CEO, CTG (Cleantech Group). “For the first time, now in its 9th year, four of this year’s Global Cleantech 100 companies were acquired by multi-nationals between the striking of the final list (in September 2017) and its official release today (in January 2018). More will surely follow if this set of companies achieve even half of their anticipated impact.”

The complete list of 100 companies was revealed on January 22nd at the 16th annual Cleantech Forum San Francisco: https://i3connect.com/gct100/the-list

For complete information on AgriProtein’s leadership within the cleantech space, access i3by visiting i3connect.com — CTG’s leading market intelligence platform — and search for AgriProtein.

The list is accompanied by a full report with commentary and insight on the 2018 Global Cleantech 100 — authored by CTG, powered by data from i3, and sponsored by Chubb. Download the report at: https://i3connect.com/gct100/reports

The complete list of Global Cleantech 100 expert panel members is available at https://i3connect.com/gct100/panelist

About Cleantech Group

Founded in 2002, the mission of Cleantech Group (CTG) is to accelerate sustainable innovation. Our subscriptions, events and programs are all designed to help corporates, investors, and all players in the innovation ecosystem discover and connect with the key companies, trends, and people in the market. Our coverage is global, spans the entire clean technology theme and is relevant to the future of all industries. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, with a growing international presence in London.

Our parent company, Enovation Partners, one of Consulting Magazine’s 2017 Seven Small Jewels, is based in Chicago (learn more at www.enovationpartners.com).