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our name comes from rock climbing 'beta', which is the intel to get to the top of a climb. Beta Hatch means literally 'the intel to help hatch the next generation of food'.
Do you mean the general approval of insects when you're talking about tolerance level, or do you mean the tolerance level for heavy metals or other contaminants? We currently use high quality inputs for our process, and are constantly monitoring to make sure no toxins or contaminants are in our products, so there are no concerns about the product being unsafe.
As for the general support and approval of insects, we have found that communities really understand the intutive value of insects in our food systems- after all, bugs are the basis of most food chains! We have no problem convincing birds or fish that insects are delicious.
We are focused on making our first insect, the mealworm, as successful as possible. However, all of our systems are being designed with other species in mind - the principles of farming insects are similar across species. First, control the diets they are eating. Second, control the environment where they grow. Finally, separate the insects from their frass and uneaten food, and process those products for customers. We have an active collaboration with experts in Texas to help bridge our technology to black soldier fly as well.
As for insects directly for human consumption, I'd encourage you try some of the products out there! Exo, Chapul, Chirps and Bitty are just a few of the brands being developed with insects as part of their products. These companies are making rapid progress, with a lot of nutritious and great tasting products on shelves around the country. So bug appetit!
Hi Dror- your project looks really exciting! I love that you are trying to use insects to build community and bridge differences in your region. This technology is such a great opportunity to make our food systems more secure, and to create important jobs.
I think in the first wave of insect farming, we need to work within our existing network and connections to build strong relationships between our companies and communities. The success in early demonstration projects is key for longterm success of the industry. At Beta Hatch we engage the community with education, public events, and through media. Dror Tamir , how have you approached site selection and community engagement?