Black soldier flies, they sound pretty mean, but they may be a huge step in creating a more sustainable food source. They are incredibly easy to breed and grow. They can eat many things that we currently throw away commercially, and even their waste and shells can be used as fertilizer. Best yet we don’t even need to eat them ourselves to create all these changes.
Humans are making protein a more common diet source than ever before. It takes drastically more land to produce things like pork, beef, and chicken than it does corn, because of all the grains we need to feed the livestock to get the same amount of protein total.
There is currently a facility in Columbus Ohio named EnviroFlight that is making huge strides in this field. They feed their flies waste from a brewery and a local chicken nugget plant. In a 3 by 5 space they can produce 225 pounds of protein filled black fly larvae every 12 days. This makes a great food source for chickens and growing pigs and can be used to supplement a cow’s diet.
These flies can be easy to produce in any climate, and the adults don’t even eat. It would decrease the amount of land people currently need to manufacture produce. There is a social stigma about this process and that is something that will need to be worked on with the public for this to be successful. It will not solve every problem, but this would be a huge step in the right direction.
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