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Government of Canada invests $6 million in black soldier fly facility

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Black soldier flies feed on organic waste, resulting in a high-quality, protein-rich product to feed animals.

The Government of Canada has invested up to $6 million to help Entosystem Inc., an early-stage development company that has been working since 2016 to grow and harvest insects as a food source for pets and livestock, to build a new fully operational facility in Drummondville, Quebec to increase production.

The company has developed an innovative process that minimizes each stage of the production lifecycle enabling faster conversion to a final product while maintaining the high nutrition and protein levels in the black soldier fly. The black soldier flies feed on organic waste, resulting in a high-quality, protein-rich product to feed animals. 

By taking action with investments in production facilities such as Entosystem, the Government of Canada is helping players along the food supply chain to commercialize and adopt new ways to eliminate, reduce or repurpose food waste.

"The use of insects to speed up the process of composting food waste is a promising solution for the environment," says Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau. "By recovering products intended for landfill, Entosystem creates value-added products, generates a zero-waste circular economy and contributes to the achievement of our climate targets. The Government of Canada's investment in the company's new facilities will allow it to increase its production of alternative proteins for animal feed and fertilizers, which are essential inputs for the agricultural industry."

At its new facility, Entosystem expects to transform 250 tonnes of organic waste daily by 2024 (compared to its current rate of 6 tonnes/day) and create close to 70 new full-time positions. Ultimately, this investment will enable the company to reduce food waste, use of landfills and GHG emissions through the diversion of organic waste.

"We are proud to be at the forefront of the development of this promising sector for Quebec's environment, economy and food self-sufficiency," says Cédric Provost, president and co-founder, Entosystem. "Already established in the Eastern Townships, this expansion in Drummondville could not have been possible without the exceptional support of our partners, namely Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Business Development Bank of Canada, Farm Credit Canada, Export Development Canada, the Ministère des Pêcheries, de l'Agriculture et de l'Alimentation du Québec, Investissement Québec, Financière agricole du Québec, RECYC-Québec, Drummondville and Desjardins." 

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