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Insekte op 'n wêreldwye voedselagenda

Insekte op 'n wêreldwye voedselagenda

Insekte wat op plase grootgemaak word, op spyskaarte, verwerk tot voedsel of as veevoer, kan 'n belangrike voedselbron wees.


Kos maak van vlieë (dit is nie so lelik nie)

Swart soldaat vlieë paar en lê eiers in hierdie hokke by EnviroFlight.

In die eienaardige klein kollege -dorpie Yellow Springs, Ohio, met baie onkonvensionele idees deur die jare, is daar nou 'n klein insekfabriek.

Dit is 'n beskeie operasie, 'n generiese boksgebou in 'n klein nywerheidspark. Dit het my 'n rukkie geneem om 'n bordjie met die naam van die onderneming te vind: EnviroFlight. Maar die doel daarvan is groot: Die mense by EnviroFlight hoop dat hul insekte ons planeet sal help om meer voedsel te produseer terwyl hulle grond en water bewaar.

Hulle verwag nie dat jy insekte eet nie. (Sekerlik, Asiërs en Afrikaners doen dit, maar Amerikaners is skrikkerig.) Die idee is dat boerdery -insekte voedsel vir vis of varke sal word.

Die sout

Miskien is dit tyd om burgers vir goggas te ruil, sê die VN.

Dit begin alles in 'n klein kweekhuis. "Dit is hier waar ons ons spesie vermeerder," sê Glen Courtright, stigter van EnviroFlight. "Soms noem ons dit die Love Shack."

Die sout

Hierdie foto's kan u versoek om goggas te eet

Ek sien rye lang, silindervormige hokke. In hulle rondvlieg of op die gaasmure sit, is 'n paar swart insekte wat 'n bietjie soos perdebye lyk.

Hierdie vlieë woon oral in die Amerikaanse suide, maar dit pla selde mense en versprei nie siektes nie. Die volwassenes is skaam wesens. Hulle kan nie byt nie. Hulle kan nie eet nie (hulle leef van die gestoorde energie wat hulle as larwes opgebou het). Al wat hulle regtig doen, is om te paar en eiers te lê. Dit is wat hulle in hierdie hokke doen.

Die eiers verander in broeikatte wat so klein is dat hulle soos stof lyk. Maar in die kwekery van EnviroFlight groei hulle 'n massa kronkelende larwes. Kimberly Wildman hou hulle in stapels plastiekbakke of emmers.

'As ek hulle sou voed, sou dit voel asof die emmer feitlik smelt,' sê sy. "Hulle gee soveel hitte af."

Die larwes is onversadigbare eters. Hulle kan elke dag twee keer hul gewig inneem, wat dit in proteïene en vet verander.

Glen Courtright, stigter van EnviroFlight, is op die foto met 'n masjien wat die larwes oes en dit van afvalprodukte skei. Dan Charles/NPR steek onderskrif weg

Glen Courtright, stigter van EnviroFlight, is op die foto met 'n masjien wat die larwes oes en dit van afvalprodukte skei.

Hulle sal byna alles eet, wat die sleutel tot die sakeplan van Courtright is. Hierdie larwes is van die wêreld se grootste afvalherwinnaars. "Ons laat dinge weggaan!" hy sê.

Op die oomblik voed die meeste larwes hier op afval van 'n etanolaanleg. Hulle eet ook graag brouegraan, wat oorgebly het van die biermaakproses.

Stukkies van 'n hoenderklomp plant werk nog beter, sê Courtright. Sulke fabrieke sit jaarliks ​​miljoene pond hoenderstukke, broodkrummels en olierige slik uit.

Maar dit is moontlik om na hierdie larwes te kyk en nog groter te droom. Dink byvoorbeeld aan slaghuise. Amerikaners eet net 50 persent van 'n koei of 'n vark. Die res van die dier gaan na industriële vervaardigingsaanlegte, wat die afval in 'n verskeidenheid produkte verander, insluitend 'verwerkte dierlike proteïene' wat op hul beurt aan diere gevoer word.

Maar swart soldaatvlieglarwes kan ook daardie afval verteer sonder om byna soveel energie te gebruik as om plante te produseer, sê Courtright. Hy wys my 'n nuwe eksperiment: Hy draai die larwes los op 'n paar stukkies hoender. "Die goggas verbruik hierdie materiaal. Waarskynlik word 90 persent van die materiaal verbruik, en al wat oorbly, is 'n bietjie been en senings en bont."

Maak nie saak wat hulle eet nie, die inseklarwes in hierdie gebou word vet - en dan gaan hulle in 'n kommersiële oond.

Courtright maak die deur van die oond oop en trek 'n skinkbord uit. 'Wat ons hier het, is gekookte, ontwaterde inseklarwes,' sê hy. "Dit smaak soos 'n hartige kraker sonder sout. Wil jy dit proe?"

Ek slaag. Courtright steek 'n handjievol in sy mond. "Nie sleg nie!" sê hy met 'n grynslag.

Maar eerlikwaar, Courtright het geen ambisie om peuselkos te verkoop nie. Hy wil gaar larwes in veevoer verander. Die proteïen is presies wat jong varke nodig het. Opgemaakte larwes kan ook 'n deel van die vismeel vervang wat tans gebruik word om gekweekte salm of forel te voed. Op die oomblik word die maaltyd vervaardig uit sardientjies, ansjovis en menhaden wat in groot hoeveelhede uit die oseaan gehaal word. Maar die bron van vismeel is beperk.

Soos Courtright dit sien, kan swart soldaatvlieglarwes twee enorme globale probleme tegelyk oplos: die afvalprobleem en die voedselvoorsieningsprobleem.

Eintlik is hy nie die eerste om hieraan te dink nie. Craig Sheppard, 'n insekspesialis aan die Universiteit van Georgia, nou afgetree, doen al 'n paar dekades eksperimente met swart soldate.

Hy het die klein larwes op dieremis losgemaak - hulle maak dit baie mooi skoon. En deur die jare het hy en sy kollegas met 'n paar maatskappye gesels oor hoe om dit in 'n winsgewende onderneming te verander.

Gaar, ontwaterde larwes van die swart soldaatvlieg kan verwerk word tot voer vir vis of varke. Dan Charles/NPR steek onderskrif weg

Gaar, ontwaterde larwes van die swart soldaatvlieg kan verwerk word tot voer vir vis of varke.

Daar was tye dat die idee gereed was om op te styg, sê hy. "Die ouens [van potensiële beleggers] sou hiernatoe kom en baie opgewonde raak. Hulle kyk na ons produksie en ons sê hoe ons dit kan versterk, en hulle sal net glimlaggend en hardloop. soos 'Ons moet dit doen!' 'En dan gaan hulle huis toe en praat met die hoër persone. En ek kon my net die gesprek voorstel: 'Maaiers? Regtig? ' En hulle gaan terug! "

Sheppard vermoed dat die idee net 'n bietjie vreemd lyk. U kan uitgelag word as u dit probeer het.

Maar daar is 'n hele paar projekte regoor die wêreld wat hierdie idee opgeneem het. Mense probeer dit in Suid -Afrika, Kanada en Indonesië.

Wat verander is die vraag na veevoer. Vismeelpryse het deur die dak gegaan. Voer vir varke is ook duurder. Oor die hele wêreld is daar mededinging om grond, gewasse en voedsel.

Courtright verwag dat die kompetisie sal toeneem. "Ons het 'n proteïentekort. Ons het 7 biljoen mense op aarde, op pad na 9. Ons weet nie hoe ons hulle sal voed nie," sê hy.

Miskien sal swartvliegvliegfabrieke eendag die landskap besnoei.

Courtright praat met 'n paar groot ondernemings en werk aan transaksies om die heel eerste een te bou. Miskien sal die hoër mense hierdie keer nie sê: "Maaiers nie? Regtig?"


Kos maak van vlieë (dit is nie so lelik nie)

Swart soldaat vlieë paar en lê eiers in hierdie hokke by EnviroFlight.

In die eienaardige klein kollege -dorpie Yellow Springs, Ohio, met baie onkonvensionele idees deur die jare, is daar nou 'n klein insekfabriek.

Dit is 'n beskeie operasie, 'n generiese boksgebou in 'n klein nywerheidspark. Dit het my 'n rukkie geneem om 'n bordjie met die naam van die onderneming te vind: EnviroFlight. Maar die doel daarvan is groot: Die mense by EnviroFlight hoop dat hul insekte ons planeet sal help om meer voedsel te produseer terwyl hulle grond en water bewaar.

Hulle verwag nie dat jy insekte eet nie. (Sekerlik, Asiërs en Afrikaners doen dit, maar Amerikaners is skrikkerig.) Die idee is dat boerdery -insekte voedsel vir vis of varke sal word.

Die sout

Miskien is dit tyd om burgers vir goggas te ruil, sê die VN.

Dit begin alles in 'n klein kweekhuis. "Dit is hier waar ons ons spesie vermeerder," sê Glen Courtright, stigter van EnviroFlight. "Soms noem ons dit die Love Shack."

Die sout

Hierdie foto's kan u versoek om goggas te eet

Ek sien rye lang, silindervormige hokke. In hulle rondvlieg of op die gaasmure sit, is 'n paar swart insekte wat 'n bietjie soos perdebye lyk.

Hierdie vlieë woon oral in die Amerikaanse suide, maar dit pla selde mense en versprei nie siektes nie. Die volwassenes is skaam wesens. Hulle kan nie byt nie. Hulle kan nie eet nie (hulle leef van die gestoorde energie wat hulle as larwes opgebou het). Al wat hulle regtig doen, is om te paar en eiers te lê. Dit is wat hulle in hierdie hokke doen.

Die eiers verander in broeikatte wat so klein is dat hulle soos stof lyk. Maar in die kwekery van EnviroFlight groei hulle 'n massa kronkelende larwes. Kimberly Wildman hou hulle in stapels plastiekbakke of emmers.

'As ek hulle sou voed, sou dit voel asof die emmer feitlik smelt,' sê sy. "Hulle gee soveel hitte af."

Die larwes is onversadigbare eters. Hulle kan elke dag twee keer hul gewig inneem, wat dit in proteïene en vet verander.

Glen Courtright, stigter van EnviroFlight, is op die foto met 'n masjien wat die larwes oes en dit van afvalprodukte skei. Dan Charles/NPR steek onderskrif weg

Glen Courtright, stigter van EnviroFlight, is op die foto met 'n masjien wat die larwes oes en dit van afvalprodukte skei.

Hulle sal byna alles eet, wat die sleutel tot die sakeplan van Courtright is. Hierdie larwes is van die wêreld se grootste afvalherwinnaars. "Ons laat dinge weggaan!" hy sê.

Op die oomblik voed die meeste larwes hier op afval van 'n etanolaanleg. Hulle eet ook graag brouegraan, wat oorgebly het van die biermaakproses.

Stukkies van 'n hoenderklomp plant werk nog beter, sê Courtright. Sulke fabrieke sit jaarliks ​​miljoene pond hoenderstukke, broodkrummels en olierige slik uit.

Maar dit is moontlik om na hierdie larwes te kyk en nog groter te droom. Dink byvoorbeeld aan slaghuise. Amerikaners eet net 50 persent van 'n koei of 'n vark. Die res van die dier gaan na industriële vervaardigingsaanlegte, wat die afval in 'n verskeidenheid produkte verander, insluitend 'verwerkte dierlike proteïen' wat op hul beurt aan diere gevoer word.

Maar swart soldaatvlieglarwes kan ook daardie afval verteer sonder om amper soveel energie te gebruik as om plante te produseer, sê Courtright. Hy wys my 'n nuwe eksperiment: Hy draai die larwes los op 'n paar stukkies hoender. "Die goggas verbruik hierdie materiaal. Waarskynlik word 90 persent van die materiaal verbruik, en al wat oorbly, is 'n bietjie been en senings en bont."

Maak nie saak wat hulle eet nie, die inseklarwes in hierdie gebou word vet - en dan gaan hulle in 'n kommersiële oond.

Courtright maak die deur van die oond oop en trek 'n skinkbord uit. 'Wat ons hier het, is gekookte, ontwaterde inseklarwes,' sê hy. "Dit smaak soos 'n hartige kraker sonder sout. Wil jy dit proe?"

Ek slaag. Courtright steek 'n handjievol in sy mond. "Nie sleg nie!" sê hy met 'n grynslag.

Maar eerlikwaar, Courtright het geen ambisie om peuselkos te verkoop nie. Hy wil gaar larwes in veevoer verander. Die proteïen is presies wat jong varke nodig het. Opgemaakte larwes kan ook 'n deel van die vismeel vervang wat tans gebruik word om gekweekte salm of forel te voed. Op die oomblik word die maaltyd vervaardig uit sardientjies, ansjovis en menhaden wat in groot hoeveelhede uit die oseaan gehaal word. Maar die bron van vismeel is beperk.

Soos Courtright dit sien, kan larwes van swart soldate vlieg twee enorme globale probleme tegelyk oplos: die afvalprobleem en die voedselvoorsieningsprobleem.

Eintlik is hy nie die eerste om hieraan te dink nie. Craig Sheppard, 'n insekspesialis aan die Universiteit van Georgia, nou afgetree, doen nou al 'n paar dekades eksperimente met swart soldate.

Hy het die klein larwes op dieremis losgemaak - hulle maak dit baie mooi skoon. En deur die jare het hy en sy kollegas met 'n paar maatskappye gesels oor hoe om dit in 'n winsgewende onderneming te verander.

Gaar, ontwaterde larwes van die swart soldaatvlieg kan verwerk word tot voer vir vis of varke. Dan Charles/NPR steek onderskrif weg

Gaar, ontwaterde larwes van die swart soldaatvlieg kan verwerk word tot voer vir vis of varke.

Daar was tye dat die idee gereed was om op te styg, sê hy. "Die ouens [van potensiële beleggers] sal hierheen kom en baie opgewonde raak. Hulle kyk na ons produksie en ons sal sê hoe ons dit kan oprig, en hulle sal wegstap en net glimlaggend en hoogdrawend wees. soos 'Ons moet dit doen!' 'En dan gaan hulle huis toe en praat met die hoër persone. En ek kon my net die gesprek voorstel: 'Maaiers? Regtig? ' En hulle gaan terug! "

Sheppard vermoed dat die idee net 'n bietjie vreemd lyk. U kan uitgelag word as u dit probeer het.

Maar daar is nou 'n hele paar projekte regoor die wêreld wat hierdie idee opgeneem het. Mense probeer dit in Suid -Afrika, Kanada en Indonesië.

Wat verander is die vraag na veevoer. Vismeelpryse het deur die dak gegaan. Voer vir varke is ook duurder. Oor die hele wêreld is daar mededinging om grond, gewasse en voedsel.

Courtright verwag dat die kompetisie sal toeneem. "Ons het 'n proteïentekort. Ons het 7 biljoen mense op aarde, op pad na 9. Ons weet nie hoe ons hulle sal voed nie," sê hy.

Miskien sal swartvliegvliegfabrieke eendag die landskap besnoei.

Courtright praat met 'n paar groot ondernemings en werk aan transaksies om die heel eerste een te bou. Miskien sal die hoër mense hierdie keer nie sê: "Maaiers nie? Regtig?"


Kos maak van vlieë (dit is nie so lelik nie)

Swart soldaat vlieë paar en lê eiers in hierdie hokke by EnviroFlight.

In die eienaardige klein kollege -dorpie Yellow Springs, Ohio, met baie onkonvensionele idees deur die jare, is daar nou 'n klein insekfabriek.

Dit is 'n beskeie operasie, 'n generiese boksgebou in 'n klein nywerheidspark. Dit het my 'n rukkie geneem om 'n bordjie met die naam van die onderneming te vind: EnviroFlight. Maar die doel daarvan is groot: Die mense by EnviroFlight hoop dat hul insekte ons planeet sal help om meer voedsel te produseer terwyl hulle grond en water bewaar.

Hulle verwag nie dat jy insekte eet nie. (Sekerlik, Asiërs en Afrikaners doen dit, maar Amerikaners is skrikkerig.) Die idee is dat boerdery -insekte voedsel vir vis of varke sal word.

Die sout

Miskien is dit tyd om burgers vir goggas te ruil, sê die VN.

Dit begin alles in 'n klein kweekhuis. "Dit is hier waar ons ons spesie vermeerder," sê Glen Courtright, stigter van EnviroFlight. "Soms noem ons dit die Love Shack."

Die sout

Hierdie foto's kan u versoek om goggas te eet

Ek sien rye lang, silindervormige hokke. In hulle rondvlieg of op die gaasmure sit, is 'n paar swart insekte wat 'n bietjie soos perdebye lyk.

Hierdie vlieë woon oral in die Amerikaanse suide, maar dit pla selde mense en versprei nie siektes nie. Die volwassenes is skaam wesens. Hulle kan nie byt nie. Hulle kan nie eet nie (hulle leef van die gestoorde energie wat hulle as larwes opgebou het). Al wat hulle regtig doen, is om te paar en eiers te lê. Dit is wat hulle in hierdie hokke doen.

Die eiers verander in broeikatte wat so klein is dat hulle soos stof lyk. Maar in die kwekery van EnviroFlight groei hulle 'n massa kronkelende larwes. Kimberly Wildman hou hulle in stapels plastiekbakke of emmers.

'As ek hulle sou voed, sou dit voel asof die emmer feitlik smelt,' sê sy. "Hulle gee soveel hitte af."

Die larwes is onversadigbare eters. Hulle kan elke dag twee keer hul gewig inneem, wat dit in proteïene en vet verander.

Glen Courtright, stigter van EnviroFlight, is op die foto met 'n masjien wat die larwes oes en dit van afvalprodukte skei. Dan Charles/NPR steek onderskrif weg

Glen Courtright, stigter van EnviroFlight, is op die foto met 'n masjien wat die larwes oes en dit van afvalprodukte skei.

Hulle sal byna alles eet, wat die sleutel tot die sakeplan van Courtright is. Hierdie larwes is van die wêreld se grootste afvalherwinnaars. "Ons laat dinge weggaan!" hy sê.

Op die oomblik voed die meeste larwes hier op afval van 'n etanolaanleg. Hulle eet ook graag brouersgraan, wat oorgebly het van die biermaakproses.

Stukkies van 'n hoenderklomp plant werk nog beter, sê Courtright. Sulke fabrieke sit jaarliks ​​miljoene pond hoenderstukke, broodkrummels en olierige slik uit.

Maar dit is moontlik om na hierdie larwes te kyk en nog groter te droom. Dink byvoorbeeld aan slaghuise. Amerikaners eet net 50 persent van 'n koei of 'n vark. Die res van die dier gaan na industriële vervaardigingsaanlegte, wat die afval in 'n verskeidenheid produkte verander, insluitend 'verwerkte dierlike proteïen' wat op hul beurt aan diere gevoer word.

Maar swart soldaatvlieglarwes kan ook daardie afval verteer sonder om amper soveel energie te gebruik as om plante te produseer, sê Courtright. Hy wys my 'n nuwe eksperiment: Hy draai die larwes los op 'n paar stukkies hoender. "Die goggas verbruik hierdie materiaal. Waarskynlik word 90 persent van die materiaal verbruik, en al wat oorbly, is 'n bietjie been en senings en bont."

Maak nie saak wat hulle eet nie, die inseklarwes in hierdie gebou word vet - en dan gaan hulle in 'n kommersiële oond.

Courtright maak die deur van die oond oop en trek 'n skinkbord uit. 'Wat ons hier het, is gekookte, ontwaterde inseklarwes,' sê hy. "Dit smaak soos 'n hartige kraker sonder sout. Wil jy dit proe?"

Ek slaag. Courtright steek 'n handjievol in sy mond. "Nie sleg nie!" sê hy met 'n grynslag.

Maar eerlikwaar, Courtright het geen ambisie om peuselkos te verkoop nie. Hy wil gaar larwes in veevoer verander. Die proteïen is presies wat jong varke nodig het. Opgemaakte larwes kan ook sommige van die vismeel vervang wat tans gebruik word om gekweekte salm of forel te voed. Op die oomblik word die maaltyd vervaardig uit sardientjies, ansjovis en menhaden wat in groot hoeveelhede uit die oseaan gehaal word. Maar die bron van vismeel is beperk.

Soos Courtright dit sien, kan swart soldaatvlieglarwes twee enorme globale probleme tegelyk oplos: die afvalprobleem en die voedselvoorsieningsprobleem.

Eintlik is hy nie die eerste om hieraan te dink nie. Craig Sheppard, 'n insekspesialis aan die Universiteit van Georgia, nou afgetree, doen al 'n paar dekades eksperimente met swart soldate.

Hy het die klein larwes op dieremis losgemaak - hulle maak dit baie mooi skoon. En deur die jare het hy en sy kollegas met 'n paar maatskappye gesels oor hoe om dit in 'n winsgewende onderneming te verander.

Gaar, ontwaterde larwes van die swart soldaatvlieg kan verwerk word tot voer vir vis of varke. Dan Charles/NPR steek onderskrif weg

Gaar, ontwaterde larwes van die swart soldaatvlieg kan verwerk word tot voer vir vis of varke.

Daar was tye dat die idee gereed was om op te styg, sê hy. "Die ouens [van potensiële beleggers] sal hierheen kom en baie opgewonde raak. Hulle kyk na ons produksie en ons sal sê hoe ons dit kan oprig, en hulle sal wegstap en net glimlaggend en hoogdrawend wees. soos 'Ons moet dit doen!' 'En dan gaan hulle huis toe en praat met die hoër persone. En ek kon my net die gesprek voorstel: 'Maaiers? Regtig? ' En hulle gaan terug! "

Sheppard vermoed dat die idee net 'n bietjie vreemd lyk. U kan uitgelag word as u dit probeer het.

Maar daar is 'n hele paar projekte regoor die wêreld wat hierdie idee opgeneem het. Mense probeer dit in Suid -Afrika, Kanada en Indonesië.

Wat verander is die vraag na veevoer. Vismeelpryse het deur die dak gegaan. Voer vir varke is ook duurder. Oor die hele wêreld is daar mededinging om grond, gewasse en voedsel.

Courtright verwag dat die kompetisie sal toeneem. "Ons het 'n proteïentekort. Ons het 7 biljoen mense op aarde, op pad na 9. Ons weet nie hoe ons hulle sal voed nie," sê hy.

Miskien sal swartvliegvliegfabrieke eendag die landskap besnoei.

Courtright praat met 'n paar groot ondernemings en werk aan transaksies om die heel eerste een te bou. Miskien sal die hoër mense hierdie keer nie sê: "Maaiers nie? Regtig?"


Kos maak van vlieë (dit is nie so lelik nie)

Swart soldaat vlieë paar en lê eiers in hierdie hokke by EnviroFlight.

In die eienaardige klein kollege -dorpie Yellow Springs, Ohio, met baie onkonvensionele idees deur die jare, is daar nou 'n klein insekfabriek.

Dit is 'n beskeie operasie, 'n generiese boksgebou in 'n klein nywerheidspark. Dit het my 'n rukkie geneem om 'n bordjie met die naam van die onderneming te vind: EnviroFlight. Maar die doel daarvan is groot: Die mense by EnviroFlight hoop dat hul insekte ons planeet sal help om meer voedsel te produseer terwyl hulle grond en water bewaar.

Hulle verwag nie dat jy insekte eet nie. (Sekerlik, Asiërs en Afrikaners doen dit, maar Amerikaners is skrikkerig.) Die idee is dat boerdery -insekte voedsel vir vis of varke sal word.

Die sout

Miskien is dit tyd om burgers vir goggas te ruil, sê die VN.

Dit begin alles in 'n klein kweekhuis. "Dit is hier waar ons ons spesie vermeerder," sê Glen Courtright, stigter van EnviroFlight. "Soms noem ons dit die Love Shack."

Die sout

Hierdie foto's kan u versoek om goggas te eet

Ek sien rye lang, silindervormige hokke. In hulle rondvlieg of op die gaasmure sit, is 'n paar swart insekte wat 'n bietjie soos perdebye lyk.

Hierdie vlieë woon oral in die Amerikaanse suide, maar dit pla selde mense en versprei nie siektes nie. Die volwassenes is skaam wesens. Hulle kan nie byt nie. Hulle kan nie eet nie (hulle leef van die gestoorde energie wat hulle as larwes opgebou het). Al wat hulle regtig doen, is om te paar en eiers te lê. Dit is wat hulle in hierdie hokke doen.

Die eiers verander in broeikatte wat so klein is dat hulle soos stof lyk. Maar in die kwekery van EnviroFlight groei hulle 'n massa kronkelende larwes. Kimberly Wildman hou hulle in stapels plastiekbakke of emmers.

'As ek hulle sou voed, sou dit voel asof die emmer feitlik smelt,' sê sy. "Hulle gee soveel hitte af."

Die larwes is onversadigbare eters. Hulle kan elke dag twee keer hul gewig inneem, wat dit in proteïene en vet verander.

Glen Courtright, stigter van EnviroFlight, is op die foto met 'n masjien wat die larwes oes en dit van afvalprodukte skei. Dan Charles/NPR steek onderskrif weg

Glen Courtright, stigter van EnviroFlight, is op die foto met 'n masjien wat die larwes oes en dit van afvalprodukte skei.

Hulle sal byna alles eet, wat die sleutel tot die sakeplan van Courtright is. Hierdie larwes is van die wêreld se grootste afvalherwinnaars. "Ons laat dinge weggaan!" hy sê.

Op die oomblik voed die meeste larwes hier op afval van 'n etanolaanleg. Hulle eet ook graag brouegraan, wat oorgebly het van die biermaakproses.

Stukkies van 'n hoenderklomp plant werk nog beter, sê Courtright. Sulke fabrieke sit jaarliks ​​miljoene pond hoenderstukke, broodkrummels en olierige slik uit.

Maar dit is moontlik om na hierdie larwes te kyk en nog groter te droom. Dink byvoorbeeld aan slaghuise. Amerikaners eet net 50 persent van 'n koei of 'n vark. Die res van die dier gaan na industriële vervaardigingsaanlegte, wat die afval in 'n verskeidenheid produkte verander, insluitend 'verwerkte dierlike proteïene' wat op hul beurt aan diere gevoer word.

Maar swart soldaatvlieglarwes kan ook daardie afval verteer sonder om byna soveel energie te gebruik as om plante te produseer, sê Courtright. Hy wys my 'n nuwe eksperiment: Hy draai die larwes los op 'n paar stukkies hoender. "Die goggas verbruik hierdie materiaal. Waarskynlik word 90 persent van die materiaal verbruik, en al wat oorbly, is 'n bietjie been en senings en bont."

Maak nie saak wat hulle eet nie, die inseklarwes in hierdie gebou word vet - en dan gaan hulle in 'n kommersiële oond.

Courtright maak die deur van die oond oop en trek 'n skinkbord uit. 'Wat ons hier het, is gekookte, ontwaterde inseklarwes,' sê hy. "Dit smaak soos 'n hartige kraker sonder sout. Wil jy dit proe?"

Ek slaag. Courtright steek 'n handjievol in sy mond. "Nie sleg nie!" sê hy met 'n grynslag.

Maar eerlikwaar, Courtright het geen ambisie om peuselkos te verkoop nie. Hy wil gaar larwes in veevoer verander. Die proteïen is presies wat jong varke nodig het. Opgemaakte larwes kan ook 'n deel van die vismeel vervang wat tans gebruik word om gekweekte salm of forel te voed. Op die oomblik word die maaltyd vervaardig uit sardientjies, ansjovis en menhaden wat in groot hoeveelhede uit die oseaan gehaal word. Maar die bron van vismeel is beperk.

Soos Courtright dit sien, kan swart soldaatvlieglarwes twee enorme globale probleme tegelyk oplos: die afvalprobleem en die voedselvoorsieningsprobleem.

Eintlik is hy nie die eerste om hieraan te dink nie. Craig Sheppard, 'n insekspesialis aan die Universiteit van Georgia, nou afgetree, doen nou al 'n paar dekades eksperimente met swart soldate.

Hy het die klein larwes op dieremis losgemaak - hulle maak dit baie mooi skoon. En deur die jare het hy en sy kollegas met 'n paar maatskappye gesels oor hoe om dit in 'n winsgewende onderneming te verander.

Gaar, ontwaterde larwes van die swart soldaatvlieg kan verwerk word tot voer vir vis of varke. Dan Charles/NPR steek onderskrif weg

Gaar, ontwaterde larwes van die swart soldaatvlieg kan verwerk word tot voer vir vis of varke.

Daar was tye dat die idee gereed was om op te styg, sê hy. "Die ouens [van potensiële beleggers] sal hierheen kom en baie opgewonde raak. Hulle kyk na ons produksie en ons sal sê hoe ons dit kan oprig, en hulle sal wegstap en net glimlaggend en hoogdrawend wees. soos 'Ons moet dit doen!' 'En dan gaan hulle huis toe en praat met die hoër persone. En ek kon my net die gesprek voorstel: 'Maaiers? Regtig? ' En hulle gaan terug! "

Sheppard vermoed dat die idee net 'n bietjie vreemd lyk. U kan uitgelag word as u dit probeer het.

Maar daar is 'n hele paar projekte regoor die wêreld wat hierdie idee opgeneem het. Mense probeer dit in Suid -Afrika, Kanada en Indonesië.

Wat verander is die vraag na veevoer. Vismeelpryse het deur die dak gegaan. Voer vir varke is ook duurder. Oor die hele wêreld is daar mededinging om grond, gewasse en voedsel.

Courtright verwag dat die kompetisie sal toeneem. "Ons het 'n proteïentekort. Ons het 7 biljoen mense op aarde, op pad na 9. Ons weet nie hoe ons hulle sal voed nie," sê hy.

Miskien sal swartvliegvliegfabrieke eendag die landskap besnoei.

Courtright praat met 'n paar groot ondernemings en werk aan transaksies om die heel eerste een te bou. Miskien sal die hoër mense hierdie keer nie sê: "Maaiers nie? Regtig?"


Kos maak van vlieë (dit is nie so lelik nie)

Swart soldaat vlieë paar en lê eiers in hierdie hokke by EnviroFlight.

In die eienaardige klein kollege -dorpie Yellow Springs, Ohio, met baie onkonvensionele idees deur die jare, is daar nou 'n klein insekfabriek.

Dit is 'n beskeie operasie, 'n generiese boksgebou in 'n klein nywerheidspark. Dit het my 'n rukkie geneem om 'n bordjie met die naam van die onderneming te vind: EnviroFlight. Maar die doel daarvan is groot: Die mense by EnviroFlight hoop dat hul insekte ons planeet sal help om meer voedsel te produseer terwyl hulle grond en water bewaar.

Hulle verwag nie dat jy insekte eet nie. (Sekerlik, Asiërs en Afrikaners doen dit, maar Amerikaners is skrikkerig.) Die idee is dat boerdery -insekte voedsel vir vis of varke sal word.

Die sout

Miskien is dit tyd om burgers vir goggas te ruil, sê die VN.

Dit begin alles in 'n klein kweekhuis. "Dit is hier waar ons ons spesie vermeerder," sê Glen Courtright, stigter van EnviroFlight. "Soms noem ons dit die Love Shack."

Die sout

Hierdie foto's kan u versoek om goggas te eet

Ek sien rye lang, silindervormige hokke. In hulle rondvlieg of op die gaasmure sit, is 'n paar swart insekte wat 'n bietjie soos perdebye lyk.

Hierdie vlieë woon oral in die Amerikaanse suide, maar dit pla selde mense en versprei nie siektes nie. Die volwassenes is skaam wesens. Hulle kan nie byt nie. Hulle kan nie eet nie (hulle leef van die gestoorde energie wat hulle as larwes opgebou het). Al wat hulle regtig doen, is om te paar en eiers te lê. Dit is wat hulle in hierdie hokke doen.

Die eiers verander in broeikatte wat so klein is dat hulle soos stof lyk. Maar in die kwekery van EnviroFlight groei hulle 'n massa kronkelende larwes. Kimberly Wildman hou hulle in stapels plastiekbakke of emmers.

'As ek hulle sou voed, sou dit voel asof die emmer feitlik smelt,' sê sy. "Hulle gee soveel hitte af."

Die larwes is onversadigbare eters. Hulle kan elke dag twee keer hul gewig inneem, wat dit in proteïene en vet verander.

Glen Courtright, stigter van EnviroFlight, is op die foto met 'n masjien wat die larwes oes en dit van afvalprodukte skei. Dan Charles/NPR steek onderskrif weg

Glen Courtright, stigter van EnviroFlight, is op die foto met 'n masjien wat die larwes oes en dit van afvalprodukte skei.

Hulle sal byna alles eet, wat die sleutel tot die sakeplan van Courtright is. Hierdie larwes is van die wêreld se grootste afvalherwinnaars. "Ons laat dinge weggaan!" hy sê.

Op die oomblik voed die meeste larwes hier op afval van 'n etanolaanleg. Hulle eet ook graag brouegraan, wat oorgebly het van die biermaakproses.

Stukkies van 'n hoenderklomp plant werk nog beter, sê Courtright. Sulke fabrieke sit jaarliks ​​miljoene pond hoenderstukke, broodkrummels en olierige slik uit.

Maar dit is moontlik om na hierdie larwes te kyk en nog groter te droom. Dink byvoorbeeld aan slaghuise. Amerikaners eet net 50 persent van 'n koei of 'n vark. Die res van die dier gaan na industriële vervaardigingsaanlegte, wat die afval in 'n verskeidenheid produkte verander, insluitend 'verwerkte dierlike proteïen' wat op hul beurt aan diere gevoer word.

Maar swart soldaatvlieglarwes kan ook daardie afval verteer sonder om amper soveel energie te gebruik as om plante te produseer, sê Courtright. Hy wys my 'n nuwe eksperiment: Hy draai die larwes los op 'n paar stukkies hoender. "Die goggas verbruik hierdie materiaal. Waarskynlik word 90 persent van die materiaal verbruik, en al wat oorbly, is 'n bietjie been en senings en bont."

Maak nie saak wat hulle eet nie, die inseklarwes in hierdie gebou word vet - en dan gaan hulle in 'n kommersiële oond.

Courtright maak die deur van die oond oop en trek 'n skinkbord uit. 'Wat ons hier het, is gekookte, ontwaterde inseklarwes,' sê hy. "Dit smaak soos 'n hartige kraker sonder sout. Wil jy dit proe?"

Ek slaag. Courtright steek 'n handjievol in sy mond. "Nie sleg nie!" sê hy met 'n grynslag.

Maar eerlikwaar, Courtright het geen ambisie om peuselkos te verkoop nie. Hy wil gaar larwes in veevoer verander. Die proteïen is presies wat jong varke nodig het. Opgemaakte larwes kan ook sommige van die vismeel vervang wat tans gebruik word om gekweekte salm of forel te voed. Op die oomblik word die maaltyd vervaardig uit sardientjies, ansjovis en menhaden wat in groot hoeveelhede uit die oseaan gehaal word. Maar die bron van vismeel is beperk.

Soos Courtright dit sien, kan swart soldaatvlieglarwes twee enorme globale probleme tegelyk oplos: die afvalprobleem en die voedselvoorsieningsprobleem.

Eintlik is hy nie die eerste om hieraan te dink nie. Craig Sheppard, 'n insekspesialis aan die Universiteit van Georgia, nou afgetree, doen nou al 'n paar dekades eksperimente met swart soldate.

Hy het die klein larwes op dieremis losgemaak - hulle maak dit baie mooi skoon. En deur die jare het hy en sy kollegas met 'n paar maatskappye gesels oor hoe om dit in 'n winsgewende onderneming te verander.

Gaar, ontwaterde larwes van die swart soldaatvlieg kan verwerk word tot voer vir vis of varke. Dan Charles/NPR steek onderskrif weg

Gaar, ontwaterde larwes van die swart soldaatvlieg kan verwerk word tot voer vir vis of varke.

Daar was tye dat die idee gereed was om op te styg, sê hy. "Die ouens [van potensiële beleggers] sou hierheen kom en baie opgewonde raak. Hulle kyk na ons produksie, en ons sal sê hoe ons dit kan versterk, en hulle sal wegstap en net glimlaggend en hoogdrawend wees, soos 'Ons moet dit doen!' 'En dan gaan hulle huis toe en praat met die hoër persone. En ek kon my net die gesprek voorstel: 'Maaiers? Regtig? ' En hulle gaan terug! "

Sheppard vermoed dat die idee net 'n bietjie vreemd lyk. U kan uitgelag word as u dit probeer het.

But there now are quite a few projects around the world that have picked up on this idea. People are trying it in South Africa, Canada and Indonesia.

What's changed is the demand for animal feed. Fish meal prices have gone through the roof. Feed for pigs is more expensive, too. Across the world, there's competition for land, crops and food.

Courtright expects that competition to grow. "We have a protein deficit. We have 7 billion people on the planet, heading for 9. We don't know how we'll feed them," he says.

So maybe, someday, black soldier fly factories will dot the landscape.

Courtright is talking to some big companies, working on deals to build the very first one. Maybe this time, the higher-ups won't say: "Maggots? Really?"


Making Food From Flies (It's Not That Icky)

Black soldier flies mate and lay eggs inside these cages at EnviroFlight.

In the quirky little college town of Yellow Springs, Ohio, home to many unconventional ideas over the years, there's now a small insect factory.

It's an unassuming operation, a generic boxy building in a small industrial park. It took me a while even to find a sign with the company's name: EnviroFlight. But its goal is grand: The people at EnviroFlight are hoping that their insects will help our planet grow more food while conserving land and water.

They don't expect you to eat insects. (Sure, Asians and Africans do it, but Americans are finicky.) The idea is, farmed insects will become food for fish or pigs.

Die sout

Maybe It's Time To Swap Burgers For Bugs, Says U.N.

It all starts in a small greenhouse. "This is where we propagate our species," says Glen Courtright, EnviroFlight's founder. "Sometimes we call this the Love Shack."

Die sout

These Pictures Might Tempt You To Eat Bugs

I see rows of tall, cylinder-shaped cages. Flying around inside them, or sitting on the mesh walls, are some black insects that look a little like wasps.

These flies live all over the American South, but they rarely bother people, and they don't spread disease. The adults are shy creatures. They can't bite. They can't eat (they live off the stored energy that they built up as larvae). All they really do is mate and lay eggs. That's what they're doing in these cages.

The eggs turn into hatchlings that are so tiny they look like dust. But in EnviroFlight's nursery, they grow a mass of wriggling larvae. Kimberly Wildman keeps them in stacks of plastic trays or buckets.

"If I were to feed them, it would feel like the bucket was practically melting," she says. "They give off that much heat."

The larvae are insatiable eaters. They can consume twice their weight each day, turning it into protein and fat.

Glen Courtright, EnviroFlight's founder, is pictured with a machine that harvests the larvae, separating them from waste products. Dan Charles/NPR steek onderskrif weg

Glen Courtright, EnviroFlight's founder, is pictured with a machine that harvests the larvae, separating them from waste products.

They'll eat almost anything, which is the key to Courtright's business plan. These larvae are some of the world's great waste recyclers. "We make stuff go away!" he says.

Right now, most of the larvae here are feeding on waste from an ethanol plant. They're also happy to eat brewer's grain, which is left over from the beer-making process.

Scraps from a chicken nugget plant work even better, Courtright says. Such factories put out millions of pounds of chicken bits, breadcrumbs and oily sludge every year.

But it's possible to look at these larvae and dream even bigger. Think of slaughterhouses, for instance. Americans only eat 50 percent of a cow or a hog. The rest of the animal goes to industrial rendering plants, which turn that waste into a variety of products, including "processed animal protein" that's fed, in turn, to animals.

But black soldier fly larvae could consume that waste, too, without using nearly as much energy as rendering plants, Courtright says. He shows me a new experiment: He's turning the larvae loose on some leftover bits of chicken. "The bugs consume this material. Probably 90 percent of the material is consumed, and all that's left is a little bit of bone and sinew and fur."

No matter what they eat, the insect larvae in this building grow fat — and then they go into a commercial oven.

Courtright opens the door of the oven and pulls out a tray. "So what we have here is cooked, dehydrated, insect larvae," he says. "It kind of tastes like a savory cracker without salt. You want to taste them?"

I pass. Courtright pops a handful into his mouth. "Not bad!" he says with a grin.

Honestly, though, Courtright has no ambitions to sell snack food. He wants to turn cooked larvae into animal feed. The protein is just what young pigs need. Ground-up larvae also could replace some of the fish meal that's currently used to feed farmed salmon or trout. Right now, that meal is manufactured from sardines, anchovies and menhaden that are scooped from the ocean in massive quantities. But that source of fish meal is limited.

The way Courtright sees it, black soldier fly larvae could solve two enormous global problems at once: the waste problem and the food supply problem.

Actually, he's not the first to think of this. Craig Sheppard, an insect specialist at the University of Georgia, now retired, has been doing experiments with black soldier flies for a couple of decades now.

He's turned the little larvae loose on animal manure — they clean it up quite nicely. And over the years, he and his colleagues have talked to some companies about how to turn this into a profitable business.

Cooked, dehydrated larvae of the black soldier fly can be processed into feed for fish or pigs. Dan Charles/NPR steek onderskrif weg

Cooked, dehydrated larvae of the black soldier fly can be processed into feed for fish or pigs.

There were times, he says, when the idea seemed ready to take off. "The guys [from potential investors] would come down here and get real excited. They'd look at our production, and we'd say how we could ramp it up, and they would be walking away just grinning and high-fiving, like 'We gotta do this!' " And then they'd go home and talk to the higher-ups. And I could just imagine the conversation: 'Maggots? Really?' And they'd back off!"

Sheppard suspects that the idea seemed just a little too weird. You could be laughed at for trying it.

But there now are quite a few projects around the world that have picked up on this idea. People are trying it in South Africa, Canada and Indonesia.

What's changed is the demand for animal feed. Fish meal prices have gone through the roof. Feed for pigs is more expensive, too. Across the world, there's competition for land, crops and food.

Courtright expects that competition to grow. "We have a protein deficit. We have 7 billion people on the planet, heading for 9. We don't know how we'll feed them," he says.

So maybe, someday, black soldier fly factories will dot the landscape.

Courtright is talking to some big companies, working on deals to build the very first one. Maybe this time, the higher-ups won't say: "Maggots? Really?"


Making Food From Flies (It's Not That Icky)

Black soldier flies mate and lay eggs inside these cages at EnviroFlight.

In the quirky little college town of Yellow Springs, Ohio, home to many unconventional ideas over the years, there's now a small insect factory.

It's an unassuming operation, a generic boxy building in a small industrial park. It took me a while even to find a sign with the company's name: EnviroFlight. But its goal is grand: The people at EnviroFlight are hoping that their insects will help our planet grow more food while conserving land and water.

They don't expect you to eat insects. (Sure, Asians and Africans do it, but Americans are finicky.) The idea is, farmed insects will become food for fish or pigs.

Die sout

Maybe It's Time To Swap Burgers For Bugs, Says U.N.

It all starts in a small greenhouse. "This is where we propagate our species," says Glen Courtright, EnviroFlight's founder. "Sometimes we call this the Love Shack."

Die sout

These Pictures Might Tempt You To Eat Bugs

I see rows of tall, cylinder-shaped cages. Flying around inside them, or sitting on the mesh walls, are some black insects that look a little like wasps.

These flies live all over the American South, but they rarely bother people, and they don't spread disease. The adults are shy creatures. They can't bite. They can't eat (they live off the stored energy that they built up as larvae). All they really do is mate and lay eggs. That's what they're doing in these cages.

The eggs turn into hatchlings that are so tiny they look like dust. But in EnviroFlight's nursery, they grow a mass of wriggling larvae. Kimberly Wildman keeps them in stacks of plastic trays or buckets.

"If I were to feed them, it would feel like the bucket was practically melting," she says. "They give off that much heat."

The larvae are insatiable eaters. They can consume twice their weight each day, turning it into protein and fat.

Glen Courtright, EnviroFlight's founder, is pictured with a machine that harvests the larvae, separating them from waste products. Dan Charles/NPR steek onderskrif weg

Glen Courtright, EnviroFlight's founder, is pictured with a machine that harvests the larvae, separating them from waste products.

They'll eat almost anything, which is the key to Courtright's business plan. These larvae are some of the world's great waste recyclers. "We make stuff go away!" he says.

Right now, most of the larvae here are feeding on waste from an ethanol plant. They're also happy to eat brewer's grain, which is left over from the beer-making process.

Scraps from a chicken nugget plant work even better, Courtright says. Such factories put out millions of pounds of chicken bits, breadcrumbs and oily sludge every year.

But it's possible to look at these larvae and dream even bigger. Think of slaughterhouses, for instance. Americans only eat 50 percent of a cow or a hog. The rest of the animal goes to industrial rendering plants, which turn that waste into a variety of products, including "processed animal protein" that's fed, in turn, to animals.

But black soldier fly larvae could consume that waste, too, without using nearly as much energy as rendering plants, Courtright says. He shows me a new experiment: He's turning the larvae loose on some leftover bits of chicken. "The bugs consume this material. Probably 90 percent of the material is consumed, and all that's left is a little bit of bone and sinew and fur."

No matter what they eat, the insect larvae in this building grow fat — and then they go into a commercial oven.

Courtright opens the door of the oven and pulls out a tray. "So what we have here is cooked, dehydrated, insect larvae," he says. "It kind of tastes like a savory cracker without salt. You want to taste them?"

I pass. Courtright pops a handful into his mouth. "Not bad!" he says with a grin.

Honestly, though, Courtright has no ambitions to sell snack food. He wants to turn cooked larvae into animal feed. The protein is just what young pigs need. Ground-up larvae also could replace some of the fish meal that's currently used to feed farmed salmon or trout. Right now, that meal is manufactured from sardines, anchovies and menhaden that are scooped from the ocean in massive quantities. But that source of fish meal is limited.

The way Courtright sees it, black soldier fly larvae could solve two enormous global problems at once: the waste problem and the food supply problem.

Actually, he's not the first to think of this. Craig Sheppard, an insect specialist at the University of Georgia, now retired, has been doing experiments with black soldier flies for a couple of decades now.

He's turned the little larvae loose on animal manure — they clean it up quite nicely. And over the years, he and his colleagues have talked to some companies about how to turn this into a profitable business.

Cooked, dehydrated larvae of the black soldier fly can be processed into feed for fish or pigs. Dan Charles/NPR steek onderskrif weg

Cooked, dehydrated larvae of the black soldier fly can be processed into feed for fish or pigs.

There were times, he says, when the idea seemed ready to take off. "The guys [from potential investors] would come down here and get real excited. They'd look at our production, and we'd say how we could ramp it up, and they would be walking away just grinning and high-fiving, like 'We gotta do this!' " And then they'd go home and talk to the higher-ups. And I could just imagine the conversation: 'Maggots? Really?' And they'd back off!"

Sheppard suspects that the idea seemed just a little too weird. You could be laughed at for trying it.

But there now are quite a few projects around the world that have picked up on this idea. People are trying it in South Africa, Canada and Indonesia.

What's changed is the demand for animal feed. Fish meal prices have gone through the roof. Feed for pigs is more expensive, too. Across the world, there's competition for land, crops and food.

Courtright expects that competition to grow. "We have a protein deficit. We have 7 billion people on the planet, heading for 9. We don't know how we'll feed them," he says.

So maybe, someday, black soldier fly factories will dot the landscape.

Courtright is talking to some big companies, working on deals to build the very first one. Maybe this time, the higher-ups won't say: "Maggots? Really?"


Making Food From Flies (It's Not That Icky)

Black soldier flies mate and lay eggs inside these cages at EnviroFlight.

In the quirky little college town of Yellow Springs, Ohio, home to many unconventional ideas over the years, there's now a small insect factory.

It's an unassuming operation, a generic boxy building in a small industrial park. It took me a while even to find a sign with the company's name: EnviroFlight. But its goal is grand: The people at EnviroFlight are hoping that their insects will help our planet grow more food while conserving land and water.

They don't expect you to eat insects. (Sure, Asians and Africans do it, but Americans are finicky.) The idea is, farmed insects will become food for fish or pigs.

Die sout

Maybe It's Time To Swap Burgers For Bugs, Says U.N.

It all starts in a small greenhouse. "This is where we propagate our species," says Glen Courtright, EnviroFlight's founder. "Sometimes we call this the Love Shack."

Die sout

These Pictures Might Tempt You To Eat Bugs

I see rows of tall, cylinder-shaped cages. Flying around inside them, or sitting on the mesh walls, are some black insects that look a little like wasps.

These flies live all over the American South, but they rarely bother people, and they don't spread disease. The adults are shy creatures. They can't bite. They can't eat (they live off the stored energy that they built up as larvae). All they really do is mate and lay eggs. That's what they're doing in these cages.

The eggs turn into hatchlings that are so tiny they look like dust. But in EnviroFlight's nursery, they grow a mass of wriggling larvae. Kimberly Wildman keeps them in stacks of plastic trays or buckets.

"If I were to feed them, it would feel like the bucket was practically melting," she says. "They give off that much heat."

The larvae are insatiable eaters. They can consume twice their weight each day, turning it into protein and fat.

Glen Courtright, EnviroFlight's founder, is pictured with a machine that harvests the larvae, separating them from waste products. Dan Charles/NPR steek onderskrif weg

Glen Courtright, EnviroFlight's founder, is pictured with a machine that harvests the larvae, separating them from waste products.

They'll eat almost anything, which is the key to Courtright's business plan. These larvae are some of the world's great waste recyclers. "We make stuff go away!" he says.

Right now, most of the larvae here are feeding on waste from an ethanol plant. They're also happy to eat brewer's grain, which is left over from the beer-making process.

Scraps from a chicken nugget plant work even better, Courtright says. Such factories put out millions of pounds of chicken bits, breadcrumbs and oily sludge every year.

But it's possible to look at these larvae and dream even bigger. Think of slaughterhouses, for instance. Americans only eat 50 percent of a cow or a hog. The rest of the animal goes to industrial rendering plants, which turn that waste into a variety of products, including "processed animal protein" that's fed, in turn, to animals.

But black soldier fly larvae could consume that waste, too, without using nearly as much energy as rendering plants, Courtright says. He shows me a new experiment: He's turning the larvae loose on some leftover bits of chicken. "The bugs consume this material. Probably 90 percent of the material is consumed, and all that's left is a little bit of bone and sinew and fur."

No matter what they eat, the insect larvae in this building grow fat — and then they go into a commercial oven.

Courtright opens the door of the oven and pulls out a tray. "So what we have here is cooked, dehydrated, insect larvae," he says. "It kind of tastes like a savory cracker without salt. You want to taste them?"

I pass. Courtright pops a handful into his mouth. "Not bad!" he says with a grin.

Honestly, though, Courtright has no ambitions to sell snack food. He wants to turn cooked larvae into animal feed. The protein is just what young pigs need. Ground-up larvae also could replace some of the fish meal that's currently used to feed farmed salmon or trout. Right now, that meal is manufactured from sardines, anchovies and menhaden that are scooped from the ocean in massive quantities. But that source of fish meal is limited.

The way Courtright sees it, black soldier fly larvae could solve two enormous global problems at once: the waste problem and the food supply problem.

Actually, he's not the first to think of this. Craig Sheppard, an insect specialist at the University of Georgia, now retired, has been doing experiments with black soldier flies for a couple of decades now.

He's turned the little larvae loose on animal manure — they clean it up quite nicely. And over the years, he and his colleagues have talked to some companies about how to turn this into a profitable business.

Cooked, dehydrated larvae of the black soldier fly can be processed into feed for fish or pigs. Dan Charles/NPR steek onderskrif weg

Cooked, dehydrated larvae of the black soldier fly can be processed into feed for fish or pigs.

There were times, he says, when the idea seemed ready to take off. "The guys [from potential investors] would come down here and get real excited. They'd look at our production, and we'd say how we could ramp it up, and they would be walking away just grinning and high-fiving, like 'We gotta do this!' " And then they'd go home and talk to the higher-ups. And I could just imagine the conversation: 'Maggots? Really?' And they'd back off!"

Sheppard suspects that the idea seemed just a little too weird. You could be laughed at for trying it.

But there now are quite a few projects around the world that have picked up on this idea. People are trying it in South Africa, Canada and Indonesia.

What's changed is the demand for animal feed. Fish meal prices have gone through the roof. Feed for pigs is more expensive, too. Across the world, there's competition for land, crops and food.

Courtright expects that competition to grow. "We have a protein deficit. We have 7 billion people on the planet, heading for 9. We don't know how we'll feed them," he says.

So maybe, someday, black soldier fly factories will dot the landscape.

Courtright is talking to some big companies, working on deals to build the very first one. Maybe this time, the higher-ups won't say: "Maggots? Really?"


Making Food From Flies (It's Not That Icky)

Black soldier flies mate and lay eggs inside these cages at EnviroFlight.

In the quirky little college town of Yellow Springs, Ohio, home to many unconventional ideas over the years, there's now a small insect factory.

It's an unassuming operation, a generic boxy building in a small industrial park. It took me a while even to find a sign with the company's name: EnviroFlight. But its goal is grand: The people at EnviroFlight are hoping that their insects will help our planet grow more food while conserving land and water.

They don't expect you to eat insects. (Sure, Asians and Africans do it, but Americans are finicky.) The idea is, farmed insects will become food for fish or pigs.

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It all starts in a small greenhouse. "This is where we propagate our species," says Glen Courtright, EnviroFlight's founder. "Sometimes we call this the Love Shack."

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These Pictures Might Tempt You To Eat Bugs

I see rows of tall, cylinder-shaped cages. Flying around inside them, or sitting on the mesh walls, are some black insects that look a little like wasps.

These flies live all over the American South, but they rarely bother people, and they don't spread disease. The adults are shy creatures. They can't bite. They can't eat (they live off the stored energy that they built up as larvae). All they really do is mate and lay eggs. That's what they're doing in these cages.

The eggs turn into hatchlings that are so tiny they look like dust. But in EnviroFlight's nursery, they grow a mass of wriggling larvae. Kimberly Wildman keeps them in stacks of plastic trays or buckets.

"If I were to feed them, it would feel like the bucket was practically melting," she says. "They give off that much heat."

The larvae are insatiable eaters. They can consume twice their weight each day, turning it into protein and fat.

Glen Courtright, EnviroFlight's founder, is pictured with a machine that harvests the larvae, separating them from waste products. Dan Charles/NPR steek onderskrif weg

Glen Courtright, EnviroFlight's founder, is pictured with a machine that harvests the larvae, separating them from waste products.

They'll eat almost anything, which is the key to Courtright's business plan. These larvae are some of the world's great waste recyclers. "We make stuff go away!" he says.

Right now, most of the larvae here are feeding on waste from an ethanol plant. They're also happy to eat brewer's grain, which is left over from the beer-making process.

Scraps from a chicken nugget plant work even better, Courtright says. Such factories put out millions of pounds of chicken bits, breadcrumbs and oily sludge every year.

But it's possible to look at these larvae and dream even bigger. Think of slaughterhouses, for instance. Americans only eat 50 percent of a cow or a hog. The rest of the animal goes to industrial rendering plants, which turn that waste into a variety of products, including "processed animal protein" that's fed, in turn, to animals.

But black soldier fly larvae could consume that waste, too, without using nearly as much energy as rendering plants, Courtright says. He shows me a new experiment: He's turning the larvae loose on some leftover bits of chicken. "The bugs consume this material. Probably 90 percent of the material is consumed, and all that's left is a little bit of bone and sinew and fur."

No matter what they eat, the insect larvae in this building grow fat — and then they go into a commercial oven.

Courtright opens the door of the oven and pulls out a tray. "So what we have here is cooked, dehydrated, insect larvae," he says. "It kind of tastes like a savory cracker without salt. You want to taste them?"

I pass. Courtright pops a handful into his mouth. "Not bad!" he says with a grin.

Honestly, though, Courtright has no ambitions to sell snack food. He wants to turn cooked larvae into animal feed. The protein is just what young pigs need. Ground-up larvae also could replace some of the fish meal that's currently used to feed farmed salmon or trout. Right now, that meal is manufactured from sardines, anchovies and menhaden that are scooped from the ocean in massive quantities. But that source of fish meal is limited.

The way Courtright sees it, black soldier fly larvae could solve two enormous global problems at once: the waste problem and the food supply problem.

Actually, he's not the first to think of this. Craig Sheppard, an insect specialist at the University of Georgia, now retired, has been doing experiments with black soldier flies for a couple of decades now.

He's turned the little larvae loose on animal manure — they clean it up quite nicely. And over the years, he and his colleagues have talked to some companies about how to turn this into a profitable business.

Cooked, dehydrated larvae of the black soldier fly can be processed into feed for fish or pigs. Dan Charles/NPR steek onderskrif weg

Cooked, dehydrated larvae of the black soldier fly can be processed into feed for fish or pigs.

There were times, he says, when the idea seemed ready to take off. "The guys [from potential investors] would come down here and get real excited. They'd look at our production, and we'd say how we could ramp it up, and they would be walking away just grinning and high-fiving, like 'We gotta do this!' " And then they'd go home and talk to the higher-ups. And I could just imagine the conversation: 'Maggots? Really?' And they'd back off!"

Sheppard suspects that the idea seemed just a little too weird. You could be laughed at for trying it.

But there now are quite a few projects around the world that have picked up on this idea. People are trying it in South Africa, Canada and Indonesia.

What's changed is the demand for animal feed. Fish meal prices have gone through the roof. Feed for pigs is more expensive, too. Across the world, there's competition for land, crops and food.

Courtright expects that competition to grow. "We have a protein deficit. We have 7 billion people on the planet, heading for 9. We don't know how we'll feed them," he says.

So maybe, someday, black soldier fly factories will dot the landscape.

Courtright is talking to some big companies, working on deals to build the very first one. Maybe this time, the higher-ups won't say: "Maggots? Really?"


Making Food From Flies (It's Not That Icky)

Black soldier flies mate and lay eggs inside these cages at EnviroFlight.

In the quirky little college town of Yellow Springs, Ohio, home to many unconventional ideas over the years, there's now a small insect factory.

It's an unassuming operation, a generic boxy building in a small industrial park. It took me a while even to find a sign with the company's name: EnviroFlight. But its goal is grand: The people at EnviroFlight are hoping that their insects will help our planet grow more food while conserving land and water.

They don't expect you to eat insects. (Sure, Asians and Africans do it, but Americans are finicky.) The idea is, farmed insects will become food for fish or pigs.

Die sout

Maybe It's Time To Swap Burgers For Bugs, Says U.N.

It all starts in a small greenhouse. "This is where we propagate our species," says Glen Courtright, EnviroFlight's founder. "Sometimes we call this the Love Shack."

Die sout

These Pictures Might Tempt You To Eat Bugs

I see rows of tall, cylinder-shaped cages. Flying around inside them, or sitting on the mesh walls, are some black insects that look a little like wasps.

These flies live all over the American South, but they rarely bother people, and they don't spread disease. The adults are shy creatures. They can't bite. They can't eat (they live off the stored energy that they built up as larvae). All they really do is mate and lay eggs. That's what they're doing in these cages.

The eggs turn into hatchlings that are so tiny they look like dust. But in EnviroFlight's nursery, they grow a mass of wriggling larvae. Kimberly Wildman keeps them in stacks of plastic trays or buckets.

"If I were to feed them, it would feel like the bucket was practically melting," she says. "They give off that much heat."

The larvae are insatiable eaters. They can consume twice their weight each day, turning it into protein and fat.

Glen Courtright, EnviroFlight's founder, is pictured with a machine that harvests the larvae, separating them from waste products. Dan Charles/NPR steek onderskrif weg

Glen Courtright, EnviroFlight's founder, is pictured with a machine that harvests the larvae, separating them from waste products.

They'll eat almost anything, which is the key to Courtright's business plan. These larvae are some of the world's great waste recyclers. "We make stuff go away!" he says.

Right now, most of the larvae here are feeding on waste from an ethanol plant. They're also happy to eat brewer's grain, which is left over from the beer-making process.

Scraps from a chicken nugget plant work even better, Courtright says. Such factories put out millions of pounds of chicken bits, breadcrumbs and oily sludge every year.

But it's possible to look at these larvae and dream even bigger. Think of slaughterhouses, for instance. Americans only eat 50 percent of a cow or a hog. The rest of the animal goes to industrial rendering plants, which turn that waste into a variety of products, including "processed animal protein" that's fed, in turn, to animals.

But black soldier fly larvae could consume that waste, too, without using nearly as much energy as rendering plants, Courtright says. He shows me a new experiment: He's turning the larvae loose on some leftover bits of chicken. "The bugs consume this material. Probably 90 percent of the material is consumed, and all that's left is a little bit of bone and sinew and fur."

No matter what they eat, the insect larvae in this building grow fat — and then they go into a commercial oven.

Courtright opens the door of the oven and pulls out a tray. "So what we have here is cooked, dehydrated, insect larvae," he says. "It kind of tastes like a savory cracker without salt. You want to taste them?"

I pass. Courtright pops a handful into his mouth. "Not bad!" he says with a grin.

Honestly, though, Courtright has no ambitions to sell snack food. He wants to turn cooked larvae into animal feed. The protein is just what young pigs need. Ground-up larvae also could replace some of the fish meal that's currently used to feed farmed salmon or trout. Right now, that meal is manufactured from sardines, anchovies and menhaden that are scooped from the ocean in massive quantities. But that source of fish meal is limited.

The way Courtright sees it, black soldier fly larvae could solve two enormous global problems at once: the waste problem and the food supply problem.

Actually, he's not the first to think of this. Craig Sheppard, an insect specialist at the University of Georgia, now retired, has been doing experiments with black soldier flies for a couple of decades now.

He's turned the little larvae loose on animal manure — they clean it up quite nicely. And over the years, he and his colleagues have talked to some companies about how to turn this into a profitable business.

Cooked, dehydrated larvae of the black soldier fly can be processed into feed for fish or pigs. Dan Charles/NPR steek onderskrif weg

Cooked, dehydrated larvae of the black soldier fly can be processed into feed for fish or pigs.

There were times, he says, when the idea seemed ready to take off. "The guys [from potential investors] would come down here and get real excited. They'd look at our production, and we'd say how we could ramp it up, and they would be walking away just grinning and high-fiving, like 'We gotta do this!' " And then they'd go home and talk to the higher-ups. And I could just imagine the conversation: 'Maggots? Really?' And they'd back off!"

Sheppard suspects that the idea seemed just a little too weird. You could be laughed at for trying it.

But there now are quite a few projects around the world that have picked up on this idea. People are trying it in South Africa, Canada and Indonesia.

What's changed is the demand for animal feed. Fish meal prices have gone through the roof. Feed for pigs is more expensive, too. Across the world, there's competition for land, crops and food.

Courtright expects that competition to grow. "We have a protein deficit. We have 7 billion people on the planet, heading for 9. We don't know how we'll feed them," he says.

So maybe, someday, black soldier fly factories will dot the landscape.

Courtright is talking to some big companies, working on deals to build the very first one. Maybe this time, the higher-ups won't say: "Maggots? Really?"


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