Urban Feed Co

Urban Feed Co is a project to produce sustainable livestock feed from insects that eat wide variety of nutrient wastes. These insects are called black soldier flies, or hermetic illucens, and while native to the tropics, they now live on every inhabited continent. The insect larvae are 30-50% protein. They contain lauric acid, also a major constituent in coconut oil, which kills harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi. For more info, visit UrbanFeedCo.com or checkout the timeline.


Working for the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, I led a small team to design a way for insects to help solve a health problem.  Pit latrines are the most popular “bathroom” in the majority nations.  The problem is that many cannot afford to have them emptied.  When monsoons come, the latrines overflow.  The result is massive health problems.  By allying with insects, the latrines take longer to fill.  For more info, visit the Sanitation Ventures