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Our Vision:

“We refuse to live in a world where food and nutrition insecurity abound, and we have the
Audacity, Skill, Passion, Ingenuity, Rebelliousness and commitment to
Excellence to do something about it.”

Our origins

In 2012, former President Bill Clinton issued a challenge for competitors in the Hult Prize competition: Develop a social enterprise to address global food insecurity. Five of us were MBA students at McGill University. We decided to answer that challenge: Farm insects as a sustainable source of protein. And with that idea, we won the Hult Prize in 2013.

Aspire grew out of that project and was formed to do good in the world while earning a profit. Since then, we started insect farming operations in Mexico and Ghana, where eating insects is part of the culture.

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But we quickly discovered that many people in the areas we were trying to help were more interested in eating “like Americans” than following their own food traditions. At the same time, people were asking when we would offer edible insect products in the U.S.

We realized that if our food revolution was going to grow and thrive in the places that need it most, we had to change the perception of eating insects in the western world. So we figured we’d start in the U.S. In 2014 we opened our cricket farm in Austin, Texas, where we now grow and process edible insects- Aketta whole roasted crickets and cricket flour.

In the year 2050, the world will have 9 billion people. By then, there will be less land available to grow food and less clean water for everyone. We need to find alternative, sustainable protein sources now. So we’re working to make that happen before it’s too late.

Farming insects has a much smaller impact on the environment compared to raising traditional livestock. This is one of the many reasons we chose to pursue entomophagy (the practice of eating insects).

If we can get people to shift 10% of their protein consumption to sustainable sources like insects, we can make a positive impact on the environment. 
Gabriel Mott – COO of Aspire Food Group

 

 

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By the year 2050 there will be...

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Aspire is leading the way in the research, production and sale of edible insects as part of the solution
 

Our long-term vision is to promote insects as a healthy, every day food source. We will continue to research and invest in sustainable insect farming practices to bring this protein alternative to market.

We are industry leaders in the edible insect movement here in the U.S. and around the world. Our mission will always be to fight food insecurity and malnutrition as part of that leadership role.

"We all got into this business because we believe in this idea and ideal that insect protein should be a part of the wave of alternative proteins that redefine how we engage with our environment and our planet. It could be extraordinary way to alleviate food insecurity and unnecessary hardship for millions of people around the world."
Mohammed Ashour – CEO of Aspire Food Group

To learn more about Aspire please visit our website.

 

About Aspire

 

In a world that is experiencing rapid urbanization, population growth and shrinkage of arable land, it is time to scale a disruptive business with a realistic roadmap and an unparalleled, global mission. More than ever, we need a nutritious source of protein that is eco-friendly and resource efficient.

Our mission is to provide economically challenged, malnourished populations with high protein and micronutrient-rich food solutions derived from the supply and development of insects and insect-based products.

 

 

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