Terreform builds modular insect farms that can also function as shelters, aiming to maximise nutrient resources and provide disaster support in distressed regions.

Terreform seeks to solve multiple global issues with one solution: modular insect farms. By sculpting the insect farm into a shelter structure, the farms can serve as temporary shelters, and can easily be turned into permanent farming systems. The project intends to help prevent a global food crisis by producing insects as an alternative source of protein. It is significantly more sustainable to harvest insects for food than it is to harvest other animal products. Insect-sourced protein will serve as a vital component in solving global food distribution problems; Terreform is proving that insect farms can look good and do good in the process.

This solution was featured in Alternative Food Sources market of the 2018 Global Opportunity Report, and was selected based on the criteria of that report. 

How the Global Goals are addressed

Zero Hunger
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN has cited insect-sourced protein as one of the integral solutions to help solve global hunger.

Clean water and sanitation
Harvesting insects requires three hundred times less fresh water per gram of protein than that used for cattle or pigs, contributing to the sound management of freshwater.

Responsible Consumption and Production
Insects can be fed organic waste streams, helping to tackle the growing issue of food waste, which contributes substantially to global carbon emissions.

About Terreform

Terreform ONE is a nonprofit architecture and urban design research and consulting group that promotes smart design in cities.

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Deployed in: USA
Developed in: USA
Stage: Full implementation