THE BLACK SOLDIER FLY
Efficiently turning mountains of food waste into protein, fat and calcium that is ready for consumption by livestock.
Despite the name this insect is not the pest the common housefly is, far from it!
They do not carry pathogens and unlike the common housefly the adult Black Soldier Fly does not eat and is primarily focused on finding a mate and laying eggs near a viable food source.
This means, that unlike the housefly, they won’t contaminate food and your picnic will not be ruined by swarms of Black Soldier Flies.
The larvae of the Black Soldier Fly are also far more pleasant than the maggots of the housefly: while you will often find maggots in stinking garbage, the larvae of the Black Soldier Fly have such voracious appetites and rapidly reduce organic matter through feeding that they actually prevent bad odours.
In fact this hints to one of the secondary benefits of processing waste by feeding it to BSF larvae: rotting garbage releases the greenhouse gas methane into the atmosphere and methane is a major contributor to climate change.
The larvae of the Black Soldier Fly (BSF) convert organic waste (like kitchen scraps) into protein and fat stored in their bodies while the leftover material makes and excellent compost or, after minimal processing, an great soil amendment.
While unappealing to most of us, the unprocessed live larvae are eagerly and safely consumed by poultry, fish and pigs. Dried and ground up into meal the larvae can also be added to the feed of other livestock and pets for a nutritious protein boost.
The usefulness of the insect does not end there: early stage programs exist that turn the larvae into bio-diesel!