The green revolution: It’s horrifyingly beautiful.
A company in Langley, B.C. has found a way to turn food waste into a natural protein source for animals. So you know how today, farmers feed their livestock things like corn and grains? Well in a few years (or possibly decades) that could all change dramatically.
It turns out the feed we’re using today isn’t sustainable. In other words, it will run out eventually if we don’t change something. That’s where Enterra Feed comes in. They’ve developed a method of producing feed that relies on nothing but rotten food and fly larvae, which the world has plenty of.
Its process works like this: Food waste is collected from grocery stores and other locations and then stored in an area filled with black soldier fly larvae. The larvae eat the produce for about 20 days, and once they’ve fatten themselves up enough, those rotten-food filled maggots are then harvested, washed, cooked and turned into protein and oil products for animals.
As for all the crap those larvae produce? It’s turned into fertilizer. Only about one per cent of them are allowed to mature into actual flies, which are then used to breed more maggots. The environment loves it.
The facility in Langley is actually the first of its kind in the world, even though the process it relies on essentially mimics nature. Currently it takes in about 36,000 tonnes of food waste each year, but they have plans to expand that number to 54,000 in 2015.
Aren’t you excited? Check out the video above.