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Scotland's first commercial protein from insects production proposed for rural site near Mintlaw


By David Porter

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A unique planning application has been submitted to Aberdeenshire Council for what the developer is stating is the first commercial facility of its kind in Scotland.

Prosect Ltd have applied for plans to convert existing stable buildings at property at Nether Hythie Farmhouse near Mintlaw to house an insect farm to produce high protein products for human consumption.

In an extensive document submitted with the plans, the company explains: "A first in Scotland, this project is paving the way for producing protein

on a more sustainable manner than those of large intensive livestock units.

"Insects (crickets) are reared in large plastic containers for bio security for approximately 35 days before being harvested by freezing.

"Cricket Powder is produced by dehydrating the processed crickets and grinding and milling to form a powder.

"For comparison you can produce 1Kg of protein from insects in 30 days as opposed to 1kg of beef protein in 12-15 months.

"From this start-up business, approximately 75-100Kg of protein will be produced every month."

"This is a relatively new concept for producing protein with only one other company located in England and is therefore a first in Scotland paving the way for producing protein on a more sustainable manner."


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