Ÿnsect, the first company in the world to obtain market approval for an insect-based fertilizer

Ÿnsect is the coordinator of the of the BBI JU project FARMŸNG, which brings together 20 key players of the bioeconomy, spanning every link in the chain value.


Ÿnsect has just gained approval for its natural insect fertilizer “ŸnFrass” issued by ANSES, the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety. Ÿnsect thus becomes the first company in the world to obtain certification and marketing approval for a natural insect-based fertilizer. The fertiliser is derived from the insect waste – or frass – of the mealworm Tenebrio Molitor which feeds on cereal by-products at Ÿnsect’s factory in Dole (France).  Called ŸnFrass, the product is the fruit of 4 years of research and development between Ÿnsect and several leading institutions and it can now be used in organic farming in accordance with regulation no. 384/2007.

ŸnFrass products are universal, professional or consumer-oriented, and intended for all types of crops: vegetable and fruit cultivation, winemaking, meadows, lawns and gardens, ornamental flowers, field crops and particularly corn, rapeseed and wheat. The Molitors are fed exclusively with raw materials authorized by French and European regulations for the feeding of farm animals. ŸnFrass is made from 100% frass, without any chemical input, making it a fertilizing material whose use is compatible with organic farming, without restriction (Regulation (EC) no. 889/2008 on organic production.

Ÿnfrass will also be produced in the FARMŸNG plant

FARMŸNG aims to build, at large scale and a first-of-its-kind, a fully automated industrial plant producing a wide range of sustainable products from Tenebrio Molitor: protein meal (and ŸnHealthTM), oil (ŸnOil™) and organic fertilizer (ŸnFrassTM). The objective of production is around 1,500 tons of proteins per month and 400 tons of oil per month.

ŸnFrass’s first customers include Compo Group, the European leader in plant nutrition for amateur gardeners and Torres, one of the most admired European wine brands. Both, Compo Group and Torres are members of the FARMŸNG consortium.