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    Default Black Soldier Fly Farm Planned For Broome

    Ben Collins
    September 24 2020

    It seems like a tourist town's worst nightmare — a farm of large, swarming black soldier flies reproducing en masse.
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    • A fly farm will convert food waste to protein and fat
    • Black soldier flies are not attracted to people and don't carry disease
    • Maggots will be trialled as feedstock for aquaculture, and their waste will be used as fertiliser

    But a waste recycling business in far north Western Australia is hoping these ostensible pests could help take care of organic waste and form the basis of a new industry.
    Waste Not Food Recycling has been given almost $100,000 as a regional economic development grant to establish a pilot black soldier fly farm in Broome.

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    The chicken and turkey I've eaten in the last 2 years were probably fed black soldier fly larvae (BSFL). The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved BSFL for inclusion in poultry feed in September 2018. ***One of the great things about BSFL is it reduces the amount of heavy metals (especially mercury) in the waste that it feeds on. It's an idea that's caught on in developing nations around the world, as solid waste disposal is among the most significant challenges facing these countries. EU countries are a mixed bag, but some have taken the matter seriously.

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    I consider that really good news!
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    Research on potential uses of black soldier flies larvae (BSFL) date back to the '70s. The BSFL maggots eat all types of organic waste, ranging from rotting food waste to manure and spent grains from distilleries and breweries. The only thing they won't eat are bones, hair, and pineapple rinds. Once they've stuffed themselves, they become a "superior source" of protein, which is now FDA approved for feed for commercial fish and poultry. Since the 2018 FDA approval, companies have sprung up in Texas, Oregon, and Kentucky. Universities are experimenting with BSFL to dispose of campus food waste, while other companies are trying to get FDA approval for use of BSFL in pet food. This whole idea has taken off, and offers a superior protein source alternative, according to some researchers.
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