Three brothers , Christoph, Adrian and Patrik Bertschi founded Swiss startup SmartBreed in Zufikon, Switzerland, to produce automatic grasshopper breeding boxes. The first boxes have now been produced and the invention is already patented.
Christoph Bertschi (CEO of the Aargau -based company and responsible for strategy and sales) decided to breed grasshoppers because these insects provide protein and require much less water and space than cattle. What’s more, they don’t emit methane. The founders’ original idea was to provide some of the protein required in Swiss diets with grasshoppers instead of meat.