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    • I think we need more vegan and organic restaurants giving affordable, good food options in America, and there's no need for them to be able to send any of that leftover good food that can't be fed to people to a landfill. More importantly, there's a growing understanding that if we're going to grow plants sustainably without using synthetic fertilizers that the only option is by using animal manures. However a lot of animal manures like chicken litter that is made available to organic farmers is coming from conventional confined livestock operations, where there is no regulation on the amount of chemicals put into those manures by way of what is being fed to those animals. At GrubTubs, we pride ourselves in working with smaller farmers who are sometimes part of a neighborhood, and cannot run a confined animal operation. Therefore these animals have a tendency to be healthier, more sustainable, and their manures are not contaminated with antibiotics and arsenic. So we feel that by supporting local farmers, where they can actually grow good food at a good price point, they will also take better care of their animals. I've never met a farmer that wishes to be cruel to their animals, but I have witnessed an industry that has pushed farmers so desperately to turn a blind eye to horrible conditions just so they can feed their families. Happy farmer, happy animals, happy fertilizer, happy food. They are all pieces in a food chain.

    • At this point, cultivating an insect on a massive scale has only been done twice in history - the honey bee and the silkworm. And you realize that they are both cultivated because they bring something of extreme value that nothing else can bring - honey and silk.

      Cultivating an insect to solve a waste problem only becomes viable when we're deeply entrenched in a wasteful society. So biomimicry is a discipline that seeks inspiration from nature to solve some of the most complex problems.

      When I first explored the idea of using the Black Soldier Fly as a waste solution, I contacted a local entomologist, and the only thing they knew on that species was what pesticides to use to destroy it. Harnessing insects in a productive, industrious capacity is a fairly new idea. Most research within entomology is dedicated to eradicating insects. So before we can cultivate and find new values within the insect world, we need to shift our schools of learning to explore those opportunities at the lab level.

      On the bright side, nature has developed insects to do certain tasks repetitively and extremely well. The power of insects is not so much what they do, but the numbers at which they can do so without any human intervention. There's millions of bees in colonies, there's millions of grubs in one of our grub facilities. Unfortunately when we think of insects and numbers, we always think of Biblical plagues.

      By changing our thinking, we need to realize that the numbers of insects can actually play massive biological functions within our industrial ecosystem.

    • That's a very simple answer.

      I want sustainable farmers to scale so they can keep net farm income growing at a faster pace than urban real estate prices so that our farmers can be a part of our cities for hundreds of years to come.

      And we can only do that by not wasting food.

    • Follow us on social media - @grubtubs on pretty much everything (except on Instagram, @grubtubsInc).

      There's no nationally recognized food waste solution company, just nationally recognized waste companies. We're changing that. One farmer at a time.