Insect fertilizer reinventing soil and plant nutrition

Our soils are one of our most precious yet underestimated resources. We rely on them:

  • For food and water – the UN estimates that 95% of our food stems from them
  • To preserve our ecosystems – the GIS Sol estimates that 1/4 of the world biodiversity resides within our soils
  • To fight against climate change: 1,500 billion tons of organic carbon are stored into our soils which is 2 to 3 times more than in the atmosphere

Preserving them while ensuring sufficient productivity to feed the growing world population is a challenge we need to tackle. Organic fertilizers such as the frass – insects droppings – can be part of the solution by both boosting both soils agronomic performance and microbial activities.

A natural organic fertilizer

Innovafeed has developed a natural and fully transparent organic fertilizer to be used in both conventional and organic crops. Innovafeed’s fertilizer is a by-product of its insect farm that:

  • Consists entirely in insect droppings of Hermetia Illucens phytophagous larvaes fed with a 100% vegetable and guaranteed GMO-free substrate
  • No solvent, no additives
  • Insect frass is 100% natural and transparent, made out of the droppings
  • Displays a balanced N, P, K profile (3-4-3) making it fit for all crops (viticulture, cereals, arboriculture, vegetables)
  • Is rich in organic matter (>75%) and beneficial bacteria to enhance the absorption of nutrients into our soils and boost microbial activity.
Insect frass can be used in organic farming according to CE 834/2007 and benefits from a marketing authorization from local authorities.

Proven agronomic performance...


Since 2016, Innovafeed has partnered with leading experts, including Italpollina and Tereos, to develop the highest performing insect fertilizer, demonstrating its performance both in the laboratory and in the commercial field.

Trials show:

  • 20% higher yield compared to similar organic fertilizers on wheat crops
  • 10% higher yield than comparable organic and mineral fertilisers on beet
  • Doubled biomass production compared to comparable organic fertilisers on rape (after 4 weeks).

In addition, insect excreta are naturally rich in beneficial bacteria and organic matter which, when added to the soil, facilitate nutrient uptake, help to activate microbial activity and increase water retention to limit leaching.

The ability to regenerate soils

Innovafeed’s organic fertilizer contains more than 75% organic matter that contributes to regenerate soils and improve fertility on the long run.

Its high concentration in organic matter:

  • enhances soils structure to facilitate development of a strong root system
  • improves water retention and reduces nutrients leaching
  • activates natural processes of degradation by the soil microbiome

Finally, for each ton of frass spread on lands, it’s 18kg of CO2 that is stored lastingly in the soils.

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