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Robert Lancer
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What would be the first process your looking to automate?

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Sam Glickstein
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Hi Robert, that’s a good question. I believe that labor is highest when replacing the insects’ water source, which in this case is raw carrots and/or potatoes.
Considering moisture is the main requirement for these insects, a water delivery system is crucial, and the vegetable matter secondary in importance for nutrients. The dry feed itself can be fortified for a better nutritional profile.
It is important to note that any kind of broad moisture application to feed is dangerous to the operation since mold is the biggest threat to mealworms, so simply spraying the wheat bran media cannot be considered.
Humidity is also a factor that must be considered. For example, it would be as detrimental to the micro-environment to have a sponge periodically be sprayed and have it be available for the mealworms, as the relative humidity would greatly increase from having a perpetually wet sponge present in the micro-environment. Any sharp increase in humidity will help provide mold with a better environment to grow. Humidity is best kept around 75%.

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Hi Sam
Did you make any discoveries of this in this topic?

I am not sure why everybody feeds by potato and carrots.
My mealworms always eat only part of it and second part is becomes undesirable damp garbage.
So i prefer apples. From apples they eat everything except on the core and peel.

Have you found any solution for delivering moist food automatically?

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Ranjan Dailata
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Sam Glickstein Just a suggestion, I guess you might have already thought about this idea. I would like to provide you my insights on the benefits you get with earthworm farming. That will solve many of the challenges you have today in proving good foods and vegetables to worms. On the other hand, earthworm farming is really easy and you will not only get the worms for your use but also a very good natural fertilizer that farmers can use. By god’s grace if everything happens, you will be the best seller of worms and fertilizers. Think about it. My father being a farmer and doing all natural way of farming, cultivates himself and prepares him own natural fertilizers out of these earthworm. Since we are vegetarians, we don’t consume worms.

Refer - https://modernfarmer.com/2013/05/how-to-build-a-worm-farm/

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In the Europe union are emerging right now new laws that will allow us to use insects as food. Unfortunately, the earthworm is not counted as a food in the near future. So it’s no way for us in Europe.

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Sam Glickstein
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Libor Sloupensky, potatoes and carrots are resistant to mold, which is why most growers use them. Also try cabbage, since that is an easy “scrap” vegetable to get a hold of and feed your flock.

Ranjan Dailata, I appreciate the thought. Mealworms also produce castings of a sort that is very good to use as a soil conditioner. I am in the process of trying to get some tested now to be registered by my state (Maryland) so that I can start selling bags.

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