Feeding the future
Beetle Genius is a European company that designs and manufactures organic dietary components with high added nutritional value for fish farms and pet food. These products draw on the life cycle of the mealworm, which is the larva of the cosmopolitan beetle Tenebrio molitor . Our production is scaled to ensure the supply and quality of new sources of protein for our clients – namely, mealworm protein. The production sites will form part of an ecosystem supply chain that aligns with contemporary economic, social, environmental, and technological expectations. The company combines expertise in agronomy, digital technology, organic foods, animal husbandry, flour milling, industrial processes and logistics, while integrating an innovative and sustainable local approach.
The Genius of the Tenebrio Molitor
Mealworms are rich in many proteins and added value molecules. The Tenebrio molitor – which measures less than three centimeters when fully grown – belongs to the Coleoptera order, which comprises 400,000 different species. Tenebrio molitor and its larvae live in a pure organic environment made up of wheat bran and feeds on vegetal matter. They are ideal as they are not harmful to humans and animals, do not sting and do not spread vector-borne diseases.
Today, the most important challenge facing society is finding and creating new sources of protein, to feed an ever-increasing population in an environmentally friendly way. Thanks to their exceptionally high protein content, mealworms are a perfect food substitution, since little space is needed to breed them and, through them, leftover cereals, fruits and vegetables can be recycled. Furthermore, the production process is particularly appealing because it leaves almost no carbon footprint and requires little energy consumption. Our vision also involves the creation of a new collaborative and equitable industry with a sustainable local approach, based around the biology of this insect, the local agricultural ecosystem and fish farming.
Beetle Genius’ virtuous circle is based on the natural symbiosis between the farmer and the mealworm. This process can be replicated and adapted to any ecosystem. As a result, Beetle Genius’ mission is to allow fish farmers, pet owners and crop farmers, especially those who use fertilizers, to secure their supply chain sustainably and environmentally, through highly efficient means that leave behind no carbon footprint. In doing so, Beetle Genius fosters reciprocity with our earth.
Beetle Genius’ large manufacture model produces feed with high added nutritional value by transforming larvae into raw materials. These raw materials are then converted into food products for fish farming and animal feed, while their excreta are converted into bio-fertilizers.
Beetle Genius’ production system is modular, 100% automated and vertically integrated.
The entire production process – from nursery to the transformation of the larvae – employs modular technology. This allows for quick adjustments and easy scalability. Production requires only natural inputs (insects, grains residues and green wastes, etc.). Due to its highly efficient process, water, electricity and space requirements are minimized.
By reducing its carbon footprint and maximizing yield, our agriculture 4.0 system targets innovation, sustainability and a forward-thinking approach, through effective technologies that make it possible to control and continuously monitor performance and quality.
OUR PRIORITY is the quality and food safety of our insects. Beetle Genius creates a biotope and environment that resembles the natural ecosystem of the insects as closely as possible. This allows local breeding, which ensures that the farmed fish and the pets are in better physical condition and have access to a specialized diet.
Where are we ?
Beetle Genius is located in Brussels (Belgium), Seville (Spain) and Paris (France).
After a development phase at our production site in Seville, we plan our first production site to be located in Liège area (Belgium).
Our team comprises recognized specialists : entomologists, biochemists, agronomists and engineers.
Meet the team