Robert Nathan Allen (known by most as RNA) founded the Austin nonprofit Little Herds in 2013 as an educational resource to the public about the nutritional and environmental benefits of edible insects. In 2014 he worked with Aspire Food Group to start the first farm in Texas growing insects for food. In 2016 he co-founded the North American Coalition for Insect Agriculture and co-founded GrubTubs, a startup upcycling Austin’s wasted food nutrients into high quality chicken feed using insects. In 2018 he co-founded New Millennium Proteins to help build the global supply chain for insect-ingredients. RNA regularly consults with companies and organizations interested in the growing BugAg (insect agriculture) movement, speaks at academic and industry conferences and is an industry expert for a variety of publications and media outlets, including NPR, Reuters, the Associated Press, National Geographic, Washington Post, Pacific Standard, Newsweek, Popular Science, Entrepreneur, Buzzfeed, CNBC’s On The Money and more.
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