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Voracious Fly Larvae Offer An Interesting Food Waste Solution

March 16, 2018: 12:00 AM EST
For a long time, composters the world over have known about the amazing ability of ravenous black soldier fly larvae [left] to break down food waste and create rich plant fertilizer. Now scientists at the National University of Singapore – which has an abundance of the species – are working to breed the fittest, hungriest flies. At the same time, Singapore's first insect farm, Insectta, is turning about 500 kg of food waste from food suppliers, stalls, and homes into fertilizer every day by 100 kg of black soldier fly larvae. The fertilizer is then used to grow kale, lettuce, and other vegetables. Researchers at Insectta are also studying how the larvae can be turned into other products, like pet food.. [ Image credit: © Blacksoldierflyblog.com  ]
Samantha Boh, "Using Insect Army to Fight Food Waste", The Straitstimes, March 16, 2018, © Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. Co.
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