The 12 steps story of Millibeter

Learn all about Johan Jacobs and his 12 steps for starting up a company growing Black Soldier Flies.


They sting, they bite, they annoy us, however, as pollinators they are also of utmost importance to our food production. But there’s more. When we look at their value for this planet’s ecosystems, we see an indispensability we have neglected for too long.

Together with mushrooms, insects are extremely efficient waste recyclers. In that way of paramount importance for the circle of life.

It is therefore pretty incomprehensible that we humans have neglected these organisms for so long. They are key to make an efficient human society without waste. Let’s work with nature and farm insects.

Learn more about the wonderful world of insects on Vertical Farming Academy

The infamous Black Soldier Fly

After researching many insects, Johan Jacobs saw the economic opportunity of growing black soldier flies (BSF). This fly is so interesting because the fly itself does not eat, they only consume in the larvae phase. For that very reason, the larvae have to save all the energy for the fly-phase, and thus get very big. 

The larvae are among the most efficient animals at converting biomass, including fresh manure and food wastes of both animal and vegetable origin. Aside from the protein, fat and Chitin production, fly larvae also produce another valuable resource called frass that can be used as organic fertilizer.

Because it’s still a new industry, the economic importance of BSF  (and other insects) is still relatively small. Yet it can already be stated that this will change drastically.

More about Millibeter

Millibeter remains committed to innovation and acquiring knowledge. Hence, the company grows and evolves fast.

KIKVORS will be making more documentaries about Millibeter in the future. Yet Urban and Vertical Farmers like their knowledge like they like their produce: Fresh. Therefore, to be up to date check out their website and follow them on facebook.