August 16th, 2013
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With enough practice any hack can create a CAD rendering of a blender or produce an iPhone mockup that'll earn hundreds of likes on Dribbble, but designing a device that convinces people to make a meal out of maggots? That requires a special level of skill. Designer Katharina Unger is on a mission to make eating insects irresistible.

The recent graduate from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and current Fulbright Scholar devoted her thesis project, called Farm 432: Insect Breeding, to developing an appliance that incubates insects for human consumption. The striking blue and white vessel is stocked with one gram of black soldier fly eggs, and over a period of 18 days, the eggs move through the device's chambers, gestating, reproducing, and ultimately producing 2.4 kilograms of nutritious, if slightly nauseating, fly larva.

This frightful food processor was invented to satisfy the meat cravings of the nine billion people expected to be living on Earth in 2050. To support that population, protein production will have to double and farming, primarily livestock cultivation, already uses up half of the planet's arable land, making it difficult to expand.

Read - This appliance makes gourmet meals out of maggots

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  1. personal training Long Island

    No thank you I'll pass! You know whats funny theirs a market for this.

    January 15, 2014 at 10:44 pm | Reply
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    August 27, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Reply
  3. Nxpunk

    No food shortage from where I come from. No thank you

    August 19, 2013 at 7:35 pm | Reply
  4. Edwin

    I'd sooner eat pink slime than maggots.

    August 16, 2013 at 8:35 pm | Reply
  5. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    Sheesh. I'll wait until I'm dead before I have maggots in my mouth.

    August 16, 2013 at 10:44 am | Reply
  6. RichardHead

    So how much does this " machine cost "? In the Real world this is easily accomplished--place a dying Vegan outside and within 3 days you'll have all the maggots you could ever want. It ain't Rocket Science 'ya know?

    August 16, 2013 at 6:38 am | Reply
    • AleeD®

      The only catch is you have to make sure your vegan isn't too stringy. Otherwise your maggots will have a very short shelf-life.

      August 16, 2013 at 6:51 am | Reply
      • peridot2

        Maggots don't care about stringy or fatty, we're all grist for their mill. They'll eat us whichever we are.

        August 18, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Reply
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      lol

      August 16, 2013 at 10:44 am | Reply

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