Edible insects

The aim of Callio Edible Insects from Mine (CEI-project) is to combine Europe’s deepest known place, the Pyhäsalmi mine infrastructuret, as well as sustainable and efficient edible insect production in underground conditions, based on circular economy principles. The main objective of the project is to develop and test a closed production system for edible insects food, i.e. a sustainable and efficient next generation pilot environment for insect production in the mine, utilizing the principles of the circular economy. As part of the studies, the project would also allow access to international networking and research funding for Mars research opportunities.

The project will result in a next generation prototype of an insect production system that simulates an underground human community established in pressurized Mars tunnels and, above all, offers testing of industrial-scale insects food production close to the municipalities in order to meet future population growth needs. The concept to be developed can be duplicated in other underground facilities in Finland and abroad.

Cooperation with edible insects idustry will be enhanced during the project to create a basis for business opportunities after the termination of the project.


Project will be running between 1. December 2018 to 30 November 2020

Town of Pyhäjärvi, Entocube Oy, Pyhäsalmi Mine Oy, Probot Oy, M-Solutions Oy, Muon Solutions Oy

Further information:

Project Manager Hannele Blomqvist, +358 40 484 1853, hannele.blomqvist@pyhajarvi.fi