Ent-O-Mix

Think small, conquer all!

Alleviating malnutrition with locally found insects and commodities to produce nutritionally enhanced instant mixes for customary dishes.

Use Case

Rima is a refugee residing in a Middle Eastern refugee camp where access to appliances and energy sources is limited. Ent-O-Mix will provide her with a nutrient dense meal that can be prepared with the simple addition of water. Deion, a 10 year old South African boy, is currently suffering from Kwashiorkor due to consumption of poor nutritional meals. A serving of Ent-O-mix will provide him with between 30-40 g of protein, as well as all of the required micronutrients, thus helps improve his health status. Emily is an agricultural farmer looking for a more environmentally friendly and economically feasible option for animal feed. By using the mix, she can provide insect protein meals to her animals which will enrich their diets and consequently provide added benefits to human consumers.

Potential

As a result of poor access to high quality foods within underdeveloped and developing countries, protein and iron deficiencies are potent. These high occurrences of malnutrition call for a quick and efficient solution. Entomophagy provides a solution that would not only aid in alleviating malnutrition, but also aid in reducing environmental and economic issues. Our mission is to create instant mixes which would incorporate insect and pulse flours in order to provide high levels of protein and iron. By targeting three concentrated regions and revamping their traditional dishes, we aim to incorporate their staple crops to develop affordable, beneficial, convenient and nutritionally rich food products.

Business Case

Ent-O-Mix products are designed to target malnutrition in the form of traditional foods. All products use a common pulse blend, rendering them cost effective. Based on the region, selected spices, byproducts and insect flours will be added to the blend for enrichment. Initially, Ent-O-Mix will be produced in North America using local ingredients. The products will then be distributed in bulk to the targeted regions. The production will later be moved to the targeted regions to support their economies. Cassava pomace, sugar beet pomace, or potato peels will be introduced to the mix thus aiding to reduce food waste. With a growing importance placed on reducing food waste and finding new sources of protein, Ent-O-Mix has the potential to grow with an endless array of food applications.

Objectives:

  1. Palliate protein and iron deficiencies in underdeveloped countries by designing practical and nutrient dense flours
  2. Promote the use of entomophagy into food as it is sustainable, nutritional and environmentally-friendly
  3. Provide an alternative and economic solution to conventional livestock practices and feed sources that compete for scarce resources

Team Ent-O-Mix

Montreal, Canada

Our Team

Selfie-ing While They Are Hard at Work / Published November 13, 2015 by Lisa Lam

Selfie-ing While They Are Hard at Work

Meet the team! All hard working...

Can't wait to finish the application for the TFF Challenge!!!!!

Cramming or wrapping up? / Published November 6, 2015 by Lisa Lam

Cramming or wrapping up?

Seems like we haven't been posting anything on our blog!!! I swear we've been working hard (:

Our Mission

Ent-O-Mix is a team working towards the goal of increasing food aid across the world. We are working to apply our scientific backgrounds towards developing potential solutions for the scarcity of nutritious food, especially in developing countries. A big part of our vision has to do with entomophagy and the numerous benefits and potential present in this unused resource. By incorporating these benefits along with our knowledge we have developed products which we believe can tackle the issue of low food availability and have an impact on large populations while focusing specifically on pregnant women and young children. Keeping this goal in mind, we developed Ent-O-Mixes, a highly versatile nutrient dense instant powder mix. Its versatility is due to its unique processing as well as the choice of ingredients; a pulse-based mix combined with insects as well as waste products such as potato peels, cassava pomace and sugar beet pomace. As those are common waste products in developing countries, they have been incorporated in the mix for nutritional benefits as well as the reduction of food waste. The incorporation of insects may seem taboo; however, there exist over 2000 edible species of insects and a large majority is found in developing countries where the consumption of insects is more common. Even though in some areas insect consumption is observed, it is not used to its full potential. Insects are exceptional sources of protein and minerals, mainly iron and can help target malnutrition and diseases such as Kwashiorkor and Marasmus. Ent-O-Mix is an instant mix that is easily prepared and can be used to make a variety of products for human consumption and can even be used as an alternative for animal feed. The distribution of Ent-O-Mixes across the world can lower the percentages of malnutrition immensely. We believe that as citizens of the world it is our responsibility to use our resources and knowledge to its full potential in order to work towards solving global issues.

Our Background

Our team is comprised of four creative minded and hard working food scientists. We enjoy tackling problems and developing solutions. One of our greatest beliefs is that the platform of innovation with food is endless. As food scientists not only do we learn about the chemistry, physics and biology of food, but we also learn about the root causes to numerous health effects. This makes malnutrition a topic close to heart especially since we are taught the basic tools to alleviate it. We have the fundamental building blocks to develop solutions. With an increasing rate of malnutrition, it is our job as food scientists to explore alternative protein sources to tackle this issue. This is the essence of our team and what brought us together to work on projects such as the 2015 IFT Developing Solutions for Developing Countries (DSDC) Competition. After having competed in the IFT DSDC Competition and winning first prize, we have become more firmer believers of entomophagy and the benefits that it can provide to the world. Recognition on this platform only increased our confidence in our product and the benefits that it could provide to the malnourished population. We believe that in entomophagy lies the answer to this unresolved problem and other food aid issues. By participating in this competition we believe that we can bring awareness to this topic and introduce the population to an alternative resource. Together we aim to fight malnutrition one step at a time.

Selfie-ing While They Are Hard at Work / Published November 13, 2015 by Lisa Lam

Selfie-ing While They Are Hard at Work

Meet the team! All hard working...

Can't wait to finish the application for the TFF Challenge!!!!!

Cramming or wrapping up? / Published November 6, 2015 by Lisa Lam

Cramming or wrapping up?

Seems like we haven't been posting anything on our blog!!! I swear we've been working hard (:

Our Team

Our Mission

Ent-O-Mix is a team working towards the goal of increasing food aid across the world. We are working to apply our scientific backgrounds towards developing potential solutions for ...Read More

Our Background

Our team is comprised of four creative minded and hard working food scientists. We enjoy tackling problems and developing solutions. One of our greatest beliefs is that the ...Read More

The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.