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A VERY GRUBBY BUSINESS

Why insects might be part of the solution for a looming food crisis.
Antoine Hubert, cofounder and CEO of Ÿnsect, with a handful of mealworm beetle larvae, fresh off the production line.

JUST A DECADE AGO, Antoine Hubert, a French agricultural scientist, was teaching schoolchildren how to create worm farms, by tossing banana peels into boxes of worms and recycling their waste. It was, he says, an entertaining lesson in eco-farming.

Now Hubert’s worms have slithered on to a vastly bigger stage, with the potential to impact a global industry worth about $500 billion a year: animal feed. Rather than keeping insects in classrooms, Hubert’s startup, Ÿnsect (pronounced plain old “IN-sect”), mass-produces mealworm larvae, then turns them

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