THE NEW FOOD ECONOMY
Join the new food economy
You can take part in the growing new food economy right now.
It’s profitable. It’s humane. It’s easy. And it’s designed for people who want to take control over their lives.
It’s not about bugs. It’s about a powerful new source of nutrition.
It can be a basic ingredient for the chef’s imagination. It’s healthy for the body. And it’s healthy for our world.
We’ve built this on a foundation of four pillars of strength—principles to ensure prosperity, growth and benefit for all.
Reduced footprint: on a city rooftop or an unused patch of your property, the new farming doesn’t require land clearance. It consumes a fraction of the water and feed required for beef, pork or chicken. You can use food waste as feed. And the excretion can go back to the land as fertilizer. It's a virtuous cycle of high productivity and reduced waste.
Organic: unlike conventional organic foods, there’s no price premium for eliminating hormones, antibiotics and other adulterants. The new farming doesn’t need them and doesn’t use them. And every bit of the organism is used—there’s no waste.
Ethical: we share the human responsibility to manage a world that supports healthy life—for our economy, our society and for all the living beings we share this earth with. Respect and care create a strong foundation of enduring prosperity.
Decentralized: anyone can start a farm. There are no mono-culture mega-farms. There’s no concentration of corporate control over prices or policy. You can be part of a network of independent producers—individuals taking control of their economic lives.
Kubo Dzamba, Founder of Qubo Ltd.
Just connect power and water, and you can be farming right now. The Chirpbox is a full turnkey cricket breeding unit that makes the new food economy easy and profitable. It comes in 20 or 40 foot containers delivered to you ready to go. Or adapt an existing space with Chirpbox components.
The Chirpbox can be installed on a city rooftop or a plot of unused land. You'll have your first harvest in just weeks and you can produce crickets all year round. Feed is inexpensive; crickets love food scraps. The Chirpbox is an economic asset for you and a powerful source of nutrition for our world at vastly reduced environmental cost.
A special message: how we can all work together to build resilience in this emergency
Know who you are and what you want to accomplish.
We at Qubo & Third Millennium Farming are focussed on building enduring growth of the edible insect industry. Our deepest commitment is to have all our partners and customers realize the benefits of sustainable agriculture and business practice. The current Covid-19 emergency is the harshest test of those principles. We are proud to continue to operate as an essential service, producing food for humans and their animal companions. Here are some of the best practices for all of us to build resilience right now. A more sustainable future is our guiding principle.
Stay close to the ground. You won’t have as far to fall.
Hang tight. There’s a lot of hurt around but we’re going to get through this thing. Stay in human scale! As small businesses, we don’t have to rely on large labour headcounts. So we can minimize physical contact in our workplace. We take care of each other. Because we're close to each other, we can monitor protective practice at work carefully. And we can manage this because we are a close team--not only in our own organization but with all our partners and customers.
Keep close partnership down the supply chain.
The most critical failure point of our challenged global economy is broken global supply chains. If Chinese factories can’t produce, North American stores can’t sell; and nobody meets payroll. We work with a network of close-to-home motivated individuals and small companies who have dug in to keep the supply moving to market. From feed suppliers, cricket producers, processers, delivery services, distributors, retailers to the end customers, we are a network of trust. Someone’s got a problem fulfilling an order? Our network’s fluid; someone else is going to step in to keep supply flowing.
Cultivate collective intelligence.
The general shutdown creates a cascade of logistical problems. But when there’s a shared commitment to keep this industry moving, the people in our network work it out together. We share knowledge, create workarounds and put our heads together in a collaborative resourcefulness that knocks down problems as they pop up. In adversity, we are discovering new ways of doing business.
Foster lasting change.
If there’s a hopeful comfort in the pandemic that’s enveloped our world, it’s that we’ll learn to see beyond the competitive self-interest that’s blinded us to our own fragility and reliance on each other. We are intensely proud to work with people and organizations that are committed to finding humane and practical solutions to keep our young industry powering on. These innovations will be the model for 21st century business when this challenge passes.
Reach out to each other.
Isolation can leave any of us vulnerable to confusion and demotivation. We are here to talk to you, listen to you. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us with questions, ideas or just to make human contact. You can call Kubo Dzamba directly on 416-670-5611 or email us on the Contact page. This is going to pass; let's keep our eyes on a stronger industry and a better world when recovery comes.