Former President Bill Clinton is supporting the future of alternative nutrition by awarding $1 million to an insect-farming project. The Clinton Global Initiative awarded students from Montreal’s McGill MBA program the Hult Prize, which will help fund plans to develop a micro-livestock system that would enable farmers in food-scarce regions to grow their own viable protein sources.

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Eating insects has been a hot topic this year as researchers around the world contemplate a future with dwindling food sources and soaring populations. The McGill team focused on crickets first, but after profiling insect eating populations across the globe, they settled on including a variety of edible insects in their farming project, based on the preference of each region.

Through their research, the team developed an insect farm prototype that can raise a variety of species throughout the year. The farms would be tended by rural and urban farmers, who would sell their bounty to the McGill team; they in turn would then distribute the goods to needy people in five hubs around the world.

With their prize money, the McGill insect farmers will first set up shop in Mexico’s Neza-Chalco-Itza, also known as the world’s largest slum. A food distribution partner and farmers are already in place to bring the first trial of the program. The Hult Prize is awarded to projects that incite social change. This year the competition asked students to develop food solutions for areas where many people are undernourished.

Via National Post

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