In the future, you'll be eating fly larvae

Well, you will if the creators of Farm 432 have anything to do with it

In the future, we'll all be eating bugs.

That's what the UN reckons, anyway – in May the Food and Agricultural Organisation published a 200-page report heralding insects as the solution to feeding a growing world population.

But how to make insects look appetising? Industrial designer Katherine Unger has created Farm 432, a sustainable insect harvesting machine that looks as stylish as any Apple product. Unlike Jony Ive's creations, though, it's designed to let you breed and then harvest fly larvae (yummy) to ensure you have enough protein in your diet.

While that sounds like something from a horror movie, eating insects is widely accepted elsewhere in the world – and for good reason. Besides the protein, black soldier flies also provide calcium and amino acids, the latter of which helps with tissue and muscle repair.

No flies on her

Best of all, the fly larvae will happily feast on bio waste - the food you would usually throw out - and so, according to its creator, the CO2 and water needed is almost zero, which makes for an environmentally friendly process.

Farm 432

In case you're wondering about portion size, a mere gram of black soldier fly eggs will result 2.4kg of larvae protein over an 18 day period. Providing you hold back some of your 'crop', the process will start again, too.

What about all the germs? Flies aren't born with nasty diseases, so there's no need to panic. Unless you break the glass, of course.

This isn't the first attempt to make edible insects look appetizing. Last year, students at the Royal College of Art created the Ento box, which presented insect protein in the form of neat little cubes, minus all the wriggly, creepy-crawly bits.

For the time being, the Farm 432 insect vending machine is not available to buy. But if the UN's predictions come to pass, you'll be able to test the designer's claim that cooked fly larvae smell like cooked potatos.

[Source: Dezeen via The Verge

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