Global Experiences on Waste Processing with Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens): From Technology to Business (publication by IWMI)

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Global Experiences on Waste Processing with Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens): From Technology to Business

Black soldier fly colonies can produce about 100 times more protein per year than chicken or soybeans, not to mention cattle, on the same area of land. The flies can directly feed on different types of organic wastes, leapfrogging closed loop processes within a circular food economy. Also, where no protein is needed, for example, to feed fish or pigs, the larvae can be processed into high-quality biodiesel. However, can this be done at scale? The answer is ‘Yes’. The report showcases some of the leading global businesses in Black Soldier Fly production.
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Re: Global Experiences on Waste Processing with Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens): From Technology to Business

Dear Mohammad,
thanks very much for your input. I used soldier flies larvae as fish feed already (Tilapia) and think it is important to do some more research on it. F.e. the protein content of 20% is to low for young fish so they are more suitable for mature fish.

But the statement: "...can produce about 100 times more protein per year than chicken or soybeans, not to mention cattle, on the same area of land..." is simply wrong. Soldier flies can't produce a gram of protein if there is no organic material (waste). And all organic material is produced by plants (or algae). The flies can substitute chicken, pigs, cows and even fish... but definitely not plants like soybeans (legume).

To feed the world we have to intensify and optimise plant production....AND close the loop behind in a very efficient way. And here is a lot to do for the flies!

Have a nice day,
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