Why are we here
Reshaping the global food system
Bardee is on a mission to reshape the global food system. With ~$7M Seed funding in just three years, Bardee has perfected the technology and operations to transform food waste into protein and fertiliser with insects in seven days.
Each tonne of food waste Bardee diverts from landfills prevents ~2.4 tonnes of CO2e emissions and generates revenue from fertiliser and insect protein products. Bardee is leading the insect farming industry with the most food waste diverted from landfills, products on the market and certifications.
To reshape the global food system, to keep up with the demand for food for a growing population, and to reduce the impacts of food waste, protein production and fertiliser use in lockstep - we need your help.
Beyond food waste
Food waste is responsible for 8-10% of total greenhouse gas emissions, and we know that as long as humans continue to grow and prepare food, there will be unavoidable food wastage. Bardee’s technology can entirely prevent the GHG emissions associated with food waste and turn food waste into a vital source of nutrients to grow more food.
the challenge of our lifetime
You don't hear much about peak phosphorus, yet it poses a greater threat to humanity than oil.
It’s an element that’s fundamental to all life. It’s in every protein, fat and DNA molecule and applied to almost every commercial crop to grow our food.
The Green Agricultural Revolution in the 20th century saw the mass adoption of synthetic nitrogen and phosphorus-based fertilisers, increasing available food calories by ~600%, correlating to an explosion in the global population from 1.6 to 6.1 billion people.
But, all phosphate fertilisers are mined from our limited phosphate rock reserves concentrated in Morocco, China, Egypt and Algeria.
Australia has almost no phosphate rock yet relies on phosphorus fertilisers to produce food for domestic and export markets.
There are other harms, too
Synthetic nitrogen and phosphorus-based fertilisers decimate soil health, increase soil erosion, and reduce crop yields over time, and their runoff causes gigantic algal blooms that are destroying globally critical water ecosystems like The Great Barrier Reef, the Gulf of Mexico and supporting mangrove biome.
Bardee has produced and sold over 200 tonnes of Superfly organic fertiliser products into Australian horticulture, replacing damaging fossil fuel-based and mined fertilisers. Bardee’s technology recovers the phosphorus in food waste in a plant-available form combined with unique plant biostimulants contained in insect exoskeletons and 200x more beneficial microbes than compost. Bardee supplies this formulation of Superfly in natural, pellets and liquid form to Australian horticulture, viticulture and turf growers, with a handful of Australia’s major vegetable producers already making consistent, repeat orders.
Protein demand is increasing with the growing global middle class, who prefer meat over a carbohydrate-heavy diet
To produce more protein, 63% of cropland is now being used to grow feed for livestock, but it still isn’t enough.
For example, most Australian livestock feeds contain up to 30% soybean meal from Brazil, where the Amazon Rainforest is being illegally burnt down to grow soy crops for animals. We also see ecosystem destruction in aquaculture, where fisheries rely on trawlers to catch ~3.45kg of wild fish for every 1kg of farmed popular-variety fish for human consumption.
Research has shown that Bardee’s black soldier fly larvae protein products can replace soybean and fishmeal in livestock diets. Bardee made the largest sale of insect protein meal in Australia into the poultry market to replace 100% of meat, soy, and other imported ingredients in a layer hen diet, reducing the carbon footprint of the farm's eggs by ~80%.